2017 Plenary 4: Making Peace with Women

In 2000, the UN Security Council passed resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. It called for women to be participants in peace building and have freedom from discrimination. Seventeen years later, have those goals been reached? Today, only a fraction of women serve as peacekeepers, police, operation leaders and negotiators. What can be done? Panelists discussed the growing understanding that women have a central and unique role of in conflict resolution and peace. Today’s complex and multifaceted conflicts are no longer state to state exercises, but include communities and organizations at the grassroots and importantly, both genders. There was consensus that if women do not play key roles in conflict resolution and in peacekeeping forces, then there is a lessened chance of success. To ensure maximum participation, women must be seen as more than just mothers or wives of terrorists or just as victims. History has shown us that time and time again, women have played key roles in deescalating conflict and ensuring reconciliation. But there’s more work to be done.