Across Conflict Lines: Women Mediating for Peace

Theresa de Langis | March 2011

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Women remain largely absent from high-level international peace negotiations around the globe, particularly as mediators and facilitators of formal processes. This document summarizes findings from The Institute for Inclusive Security’s 12th Annual Colloquium, which brought together 21 female mediation experts from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. It outlines the unique contributions women make to mediation and includes the experts’ specific recommendations for increasing the prevalence of female mediators, enhancing communication and cooperation with women and civil society during negotiations, and augmenting attention to women’s priorities and needs in peace talks. Women’s collective expertise provides important insights into the need for improved mediation to create durable peace.

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