Balance Aside, Experts Tout Vital Role Women Play in Peace Talks

   •    March 22, 2016

This article was originally published by Courthouse News Service.

On heightened alert after terrorist attacks in Brussels that morning, members of Congress focused Tuesday on the vital role women play in countering violent extremism.

When women participate in peacemaking efforts, those processes result in agreements 98 percent of the time, and are 35 percent more likely to last at least 15 years, said Jacqueline O’Neill, director of the Institute for Inclusive Security, citing recent research.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing O’Neill addressed opened just hours after the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for fatal terror attacks in Belgium today at the Brussels airport and a metro station near European Union headquarters.

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