Women are critical to achieving sustainable peace. The world has seen women successfully forge peace in Northern Ireland, Liberia, and Colombia, among other places of conflict. Research affirms that when civil society groups and women’s groups are included in peace negotiations, resulting peace agreements are more likely to last.
Yet women are still largely shut out of negotiations that seek to end conflicts, as well as decisions that shape post conflict recovery. This is a critical omission at a time when more than half of all peace agreements fail within the first five years, and conflict rocked more countries in 2016 than any other time in nearly 30 years.
Launched in 2011 by former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who serves as the Institute’s honorary founding chair, and Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security seeks to build the evidence-based case for a focus on women’s roles in peacebuilding and security.