Women Transforming Conflict: A Quantitative Analysis of Female Peacemaking

Authored by: Laurel A. Stone

Categories: Peace Support Operations
Sub-Categories: Peacemaking, Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Region: No Region
Year: 2014
Citation: Stone, Laurel A. "Women Transforming Conflict: A Quantitative Analysis of Female Peacemaking.” Working Paper, Seton Hall University, 2014.

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Executive Summary

The passing of Security Council Resolution 1325 entitled “Women, Peace and Security” solidified the understanding that women bring a much-needed presence to the resolution of violent conflict by declaring, “[women’s] full participation in the peace process can significantly contribute to the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security.” In order to understand why women are considered necessary for the peace process and how they can be included in these processes, one must first ask: how does female peacemaking impact the durability of peace? This study employs a quantitative analysis to test this question on 156 peace agreements using binary logistic regression on thirteen models measuring peace at three different points in time. The findings reveal that in the short term, advancing the role of local female representation in the peace process can aid in establishing a more durable peace. Furthermore, the results from this study point to the successful establishment of quotas aiding the durability of peace in post-conflict states.