Making Women Count in Peace Processes
Inclusive peace processes are gradually replacing the traditional exclusive peace deals negotiated solely between two or more armed groups. From Colombia to Libya and Myanmar, current peace processes seek to broaden participation at even the highest level of official peace negotiations. Although women often take part in these negotiations, mediators, negotiators, and policy-makers overall still resist the greater inclusion of women.
This Briefing Note is based on results from the “Broadening Participation in Political Negotiations and Implementation” research project conducted between 2011 and 2016 at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. This project analyzes how and under what conditions various actors in addition to the main negotiating parties have participated in and influenced peace processes and political transitions, by comparing 40 in-depth qualitative case studies of peace and constitution-making multi-stakeholder negotiations, and the implementation of negotiated agreements, ranging from 1989 to 2014.