Guideline Engendering the Peace Process through the Meaningful Engagement of Women

Women’s participation in decision-making processes is increasing in societies around the globe. Yet, 20 years after the historic United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, in which 189 countries called for the “full and equal participation of women in political, civil, economic, social and cultural life,” women’s participation at another table, the peace table, lags behind. Between 1992 and 2011, just two percent of chief mediators and nine percent of negotiators in informal peace processes were women. Only seven percent of agreements signed between 1990 and 2010 referenced gender equality and women’s rights.

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