Include Her: Inclusion of Women in Conflict and Post-Conflict Resolution
German Foreign Minister Baerbock said in a speech to the German Bundestag on March 15, 2022: "Women and other marginalized groups must be equally involved in decision-making processes! For the simple reason that it benefits us all! A society in which half of the population does not have an equal say in decision-making will never reach its full potential. And if half of the world's population remains excluded, we can neither keep the peace in the long term nor protect the global climate."
Women are disproportionately affected by different types of threats, including broad range of rights violations, sexual and gender-based violence. At the same time, in many crisis areas, women have long been doing important work in peace processes – starting from peace negotiations up to rebuilding of the infrastructure but often this work is not seen.
This is in stark contrast to formal peace negotiations, in which women remain largely absent from any official role. Between 1992 and 2019, on average, only 13 percent of negotiators were female, despite studies showing that women's participation increases the chances of sustainable peace and leads to agreements that include more provisions that benefit women and men equally.