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Commonwealth insights: women negotiating peace

Institutions involved in matters of war, peace and security have traditionally excluded women. When women are not involved in negotiating and drafting peace agreements their priorities and rights are less likely to be taken into account during the ‘post-conflict’ implementation period.

The CPF 2018 session Women negotiating peace discussed the importance of taking gender into account in high-level peace negotiations. The session shared stories of women who have managed to overcome the barriers to working in male dominated environments and take the lead in negotiations. The session also sought to demonstrate the transformational value of inclusion, and to identify clear recommendations for institutions at all levels to achieve it.

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