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Women at the Peace Table Yields Better Results. Why Is It Still So Rare?

Tell us some success stories of women being part of peace negotiations.

In the late ’90s, Northern Ireland had a separate women’s delegation, the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, at the table, negotiating on equal footing. In Liberia in 2003, it was women who mobilized, pressed for the peace talks to take place and challenged the warring parties. The peace agreement was finally signed, and women kept up the pressure for Liberia finally having a period of some stability. We know from the Philippines, if we have women-led groups monitoring the cease-fires, they are much more successful because they can see the problems, they can be preventive and people can trust them. More recently, we saw the importance of women’s participation in Colombia’s peace agreement, the text of which is one of the most inclusive and comprehensive agreements. The challenge there now is implementation.

We have examples of successes, but the

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Women Peace Builders In Chechnya Face Religious Traditions And The Pandemic

The reconstructed war-torn Republic of Chechnya, in the North Caucasus mountainous region, borders Russia, Georgia, and the Russian republics of Dagestan and Ingushetia. Amidst a pandemic, self-isolation is not a new phenomena for the 1.2 million Chechens who isolated themselves in basements for long stretches to survive the 1995-1999 wars with Russia.

The pandemic was another case of “when tomorrow was cancelled” for psychologist Inna Airapetyan. A native of Chechnya’s capital city, Grozny, she remembers how wars destroyed her once modern, multi-ethnic capital city, leaving the streets covered with corpses.

The Chechen’s strong sense of nationhood and indepdence, after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, split the Chechen-Ingush Republic into two republics of Ingushetia and Chechnya. After the first Chechen war with Russia, Chechnya gained

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Women should be at the center of Afghan peace talks

With Afghan peace talks underway, those seeking to undermine the process are targeting Afghan women in hopes of derailing it. The US embassy in Afghanistan warned last month that extremist organizations are planning attacks that take direct aim at women, including teachers, government workers, and human-rights activists. The threats underscore how central Afghan women’s rights are to the success of the Afghan peace process and to the country’s future.



a group of people posing for the camera: Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018. - Afghans are bracing for more deadly violence on October 20 as voting gets under way in the long-delayed legislative election that the Taliban has vowed to attack. (Photo by HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP)


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Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling centre for the country’s legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018. – Afghans are bracing for more deadly violence on October 20 as voting gets under way in the long-delayed legislative election that the Taliban has vowed to attack. (Photo by HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP)

The Afghan government and the Taliban are currently meeting for the first time since a United States-Taliban deal in February

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On International Day Of Non-Violence Women Peace Builders Raise Their Voices

On this International Day of Non-Violence, established by the UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271–we commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s October 2 birthday.

As our world faced COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for an “immediate

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