Independent Diplomat: Women’s Political Participation in Peacebuilding
In Syria, Yemen, Western Sahara, Myanmar and more, ID has worked to ensure that women are not only included at the highest levels of diplomacy, but are well placed to tackle the full spectrum of political, socioeconomic and humanitarian issues affecting their nations’ future. As a result, our female partners have secured high visibility internationally at the United Nations, in Washington DC, and in Brussels at the European Union, as well as nationally and within their own negotiations teams. Today, our female partners are shaping the direction of international policy making, driving policy decisions within their respective political parties, leading the charge for greater gender parity, and building bridges between political leaders and civil society.
Evidence is clear that women’s inclusion in peace processes reduces the likelihood of conflict and improves the prospect of stability. But for such inclusion to have long-term impact – it must be meaningful. Research has shown that parties are far more likely to reach a peace agreement if and when women are able to exert a strong influence on negotiations. This means that women must not only have a seat the table, but they must be able to speak to each of the issues affecting their constituents, and to help set the agenda that govern negotiations. ID’s support for women’s political participation strives to do precisely that, by equipping women with the tools and resources necessary to effectively engage in peace negotiations and diplomacy. ID’s approach to women’s participation is based on three core principles: