Role of Women in Violent Conflict Prevention and Negotiation

Paper prepared for the Women, Peace Building and Constitution Making Conference, organized by the International Center of Ethnic Studies, May 3-5, 2002, Colombo

Authored by: Elisabeth Scheper

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: De-escalation and Preventive Diplomacy, Democratization and Political Participation, Human Development, National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Peace Accords, Political Transitions, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Transitional Justice
Region: No Region
Year: 2002
Citation: Scheper, Elisabeth. "Role of Women in Violent Conflict Prevention and Negotiation." Paper prepared for the International Center of Ethnic Studies Conference on Women, Peace Building and Constitution Making. Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 3-5, 2002.

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This paper aims to analyse the contributions of women in transitions from conflict to peace (i.e. cease-fires, negotiations, peace accords) and to identify successful strategies of women peace-negotiators. It furthermore attempts to share and reflect on two decades of experience working both with governments and civil society in the field of conflict prevention and poverty eradication in Asia. The sad reality that brings us together this week is that women and children are increasingly becoming targets of deliberate aggression and hostility around the world. Not being able to provide security to women, but especially children in the face of armed conflict is one of the greatest failures of the world today, not only because it creates so much pain, suffering and lasting damage, but most of all because the shattering of innocent lives could have been avoided.