Just the Facts: Women in Peacebuilding

  • Worldwide, the proportion of peace agreements with gender equality provisions increased from 14 to 22 per cent between 1995 and 2019.
  • From 1992 to 2019, women averaged 13 percent of negotiators, 6 percent of mediators, and 6 percent of signatories in major peace processes.
  • 7 out of every 10 peace processes did not include women mediators or women signatories.
  • Women’s participation increases by 35 percent the probability of a peace agreement lasting 15 years.
  • Peace agreements are 64 percent less likely to fail when civil society representatives participate.
  • As 40 peace processes since the end of the Cold War show, when women were able to exercise a strong influence on the negotiation process, there was a much higher chance that an agreement would be reached.
  • In cases of strong influence of women an agreement was almost always reached.
  • In Israel and Palestine, only a handful of women have served as official negotiators and technical advisors in the last thirty years, and even fewer have had leading roles in negotiations.
  • When women have participated in formal negotiations, they have been lauded as being critical to resolving impasses between parties.

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