The Importance of Gender Equality and Women’s Inclusion for Resolving Conflict and Sustaining Peace

TitleThe Importance of Gender Equality and Women’s Inclusion for Resolving Conflict and Sustaining Peace
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsBosha, Sarah
EditorDurch, William, Joris Larik, and Richard Ponzio
Book TitleJust Security in an Undergoverned World
PublisherOxford University Press
City, CountryOxford, United Kingdom
Abstract

The meaningful participation of women in peace talks, peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconstruction is critical to lasting and sustainable peace. Women bring new issues, different experience of war, and the views of a wider section of society to the table and have key skills useful for sustaining or resuscitating talks. Yet they encounter barriers, including the dominance of patriarchal views. The global governance system needs to create legal and policy responses to deal with such exclusion. The UN needs to appoint more women to senior mediation and negotiation roles. States and global institutions should consider the use of quotas to increase the number of women in peacekeeping and set aside predicable, accessible and flexible funding for women’s participation. Global institutions and member states should also create judicial mechanisms and rigorous follow-up mechanisms to ensure there is no impunity for peacekeeper sexual abuse and exploitation. (Publisher)

URLDOI:10.1093/oso/9780198805373.003.0005
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