Women Move Beyond Emotions


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In January 2011, Belle Abaya was interviewed about negotiations and mediation and she pointed out that peace negotiation teams tend to be mostly men. In cultures such as that of Ms. Abaya’s in the Philippines, this may be detrimental to the peace process as men there are taught to suppress their emotions and have a fear of expressing themselves. Women, on the other hand, may express themselves more freely and are not burdened by that fear. In Ms. Abaya’s opinion, women are able to move past emotion more quickly to get to the basics of the negotiation.

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