Very weak participation of women in Middle East peace talks

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Very weak participation of women in Middle East peace talks

The ongoing peace negotiations for the Middle East region, and Syria in particular, are not taking into account the role of women. This misrecognition of women, against the Security Council resolution 1325, is particularly serious in a situation in which women were deeply involved during the origins of the 2011 revolutions against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Today the country is convulsed by war, with large portions of territory controlled by ISIS and a calculation of around six million people displaced and 750,000 refugees trying to make their way into Europe. The role of women today is key to prevent an even worst situation, as they help to avoid the recruitment of child soldiers and to control the traffic of light weapons; moreover they are organizing workshops and seminars on democratic practices to fight radicalization. In accordance with these facts and with international legislation, women should have a prominent role in peace negotiations that they are simply not having. This misrecognition affects not only the political and civil rights of women in the Middle East, but also a satisfactory and peaceful solution of the conflict. More information can be accessed here.