Women’s Participation in Peace Process

Without women, peace processes are not sustainable, pervasive, or just. Considering gender before, during, and after the peace process is synonymous with overseeing the balance and harmony of the peace. This approach emphasizes female participation and believes in a compromise between the genders when approaching peace, developing expectations of peace, and establishing pre-conditions in peace processes. This gender-inclusive approach allows men and women to participate equally in peace building and contribute equally to the implementation of peace programs; this participation should allow both men and women the independence to express their needs for a peace building process, as opposed to creating a predominantly male discussion that women simply uphold. Therefore, while a peace process will never be ideal, we can say that a gender-responsive peace process has the potential to contribute to a comprehensive peace process that is as fair and balanced as possible. A peace that is based on the omission, denial, and subjugation of women would be fragile; the peace would be simply prejudice, as well as promote violence against women and the repetition of a chain of violence and conflicts. In addition to examining the participation of women in peace processes, it is important to also look at the deliverables of a peace agreement. In one part of the research, “peace” and “peace process” should be defined.

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