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Women’s Participation in Peace Negotiations and the Durability of Peace

Strand Building, Strand Campus, London

29 Oct SSSJanaKrauseMN

CSD Research Group Event

Chair: Dr Christine Cheng

There is an emerging consensus that women’s participation in peace negotiations contributes to the quality and durability of peace after civil war. However, to date, this proposition has remained empirically untested. Moreover, how women’s participation may contribute to durable peace has not been systematically explored. Our research demonstrates a robust correlation between peace agreements signed by female delegates and durable peace. We further find that agreements signed by women show a significantly higher number of peace agreement provisions aimed at political reform, and higher implementation rates for provisions. We argue that linkages between women signatories and women civil society groups explain the observed positive impact of women’s direct participation in peace negotiations. Collaboration and knowledge building among diverse women groups contributes to better content of peace agreements and higher implementation rates of agreement provisions. Our findings support the assumption that women’s participation in peace negotiations increases the durability and the quality of peace."



"Dr. Jana Krause is an Assistant Professor in Security/Conflict in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on political violence and international security, with interests in communal conflicts and civil wars; non-violence and civilian protection; post-conflict peace building and social resilience; and gender and security. She has conducted extensive field research on these issues in Indonesia and Nigeria. Previously, Dr Krause was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group in the Department of War Studies at King's College London (2013-2016), and the lead researcher and co-investigator of a research project on gender, conflict and peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (2014-2016).

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