Women's Contributions to Security

Project Experts

Jamille Bigio

Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy

Rachel Vogelstein

Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program

About the Project

Peace and security processes routinely overlook a critical strategy that could reduce conflict and advance stability: the inclusion of women. In fragile states, women are often marginalized, despite their potential contributions to the security and prosperity of their societies. Studies find that the robust participation of women and civil society groups in a peace negotiation makes the resulting agreement less likely to fail. Multiple analyses suggest that higher levels of gender equality are associated with a lower propensity for conflict, both between and within states. In many countries, women are well-positioned to detect early signs of radicalization because their rights and physical integrity are the first targets of fundamentalists; at the same time, they are well-placed to challenge extremist narratives in homes, schools, and communities. Through roundtable meetings, reports, and blog posts, we discuss how women's participation in conflict prevention and resolution, and their protection from conflict-related sexual violence, advance U.S. foreign policy interests and highlight strategies to prevent sexual violence and increase women's participation in peace and security processes.


Women and Women's Rights

Extremist groups benefit strategically and financially from the subjugation of women, says Nadia Murad Basee Taha, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, who spoke at a recent CFR roundtable meeting. 

Women and Women's Rights

A new CFR Interactive Report presents compelling evidence about the value of women’s contributions to peace processes around the world.