An Analysis of Women’s Participation In Peace Negotiations; 1992 – 2010

Authored by: Tuohy Ahern

Categories: Peace Support Operations
Sub-Categories: Peacemaking, Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Region: No Region
Year: 2011
Citation: Ahern, Tuohy, "An Analysis of Women’s Participation In Peace Negotiations; 1992 - 2010" (2011). Capstone Collection. 2438.

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This paper will present an analysis of several women’s peacebuilding movements and describe their efforts to participate in formal peace negotiations. This analysis includes the design, development and implementation of the female and community-based initiatives as well as the strategies, tactics and approaches used by these women throughout the peace negotiation process. Despite a lack of formal invitations to participate in negotiations, many female community-based initiatives have gained entry through efforts outside the political realm.

Moving beyond academic deliberation and focusing squarely on the intricacies of peace negotiations, the pragmatic benefits to women’s inclusion during this period of the peacebuilding processes are outlined and six case studies of women’s participation in peace negotiations are presented. These case studies illustrate the various women’s efforts, the pivotal role of civil society organizations and their strategic approaches throughout the peace negotiation process and the development of the peace agreement. Despite the differences in geography and culture these women’s initiatives share common trends in their organization and approach to peacebuilding, specifically as it pertains to the breakdown of social divisions and through their connection to civil society and community. In addition to these significant commonalities across global initiatives, there are also similarities in the strategies the women used throughout the formal peace negotiations, as will be demonstrated.