Advancing Women’s Leadership in Conflict Resolution: Tactics to Influence Peace Processes

Inclusive peace processes are widely acknowledged to increase the prospect of achieving durable political settlements to armed conflicts. This is particularly true for gender inclusive peace processes, where women’s participation has been associated both with higher chances of attaining peace and longer lasting peace agreements. Women’s contributions are made despite the many challenges that threaten to impede their full, equal and meaningful participation. But while much attention has (rightfully) rested on the under-representation of women in peace processes, less attention has been paid to the creative ways in which women have succeeded in overcoming such challenges to exert influence on conflict dynamics and shape the trajectory of high-level peace processes, whether through formal seats at the negotiating table or through less formal roles.

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