Syria is devastated. Where are the women?

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Syria is devastated. Where are the women?

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(CNN) - From their leadership in securing the recent peace accord in Colombia to their contributions to the 1998 agreement ending 20-plus years of conflict in Northern Ireland, to Liberia and to the Philippines, women have largely been the architects of peace -- the kind that at first seemed impossible to find but was still somehow built to last.

If women could make it happen in these other parts of the world, why not try it in Syria? Why are women still not represented at the negotiating table?

We have studied women's contributions to stability around the world, and a new interactive report includes in-depth case studies and an index tracking women's participation in formal roles in peace processes from 1990 to the present. This and other research suggests that women's participation in peace negotiations makes the resulting agreement 64% less likely to fail and 35% more likely to last at least 15 years. The case studies explore how women participate in peace processes and why their inclusion advances security.

Yet despite the overwhelming evidence and urgent need, Syrian women have still been underrepresented throughout the peace process.

Click here to read the full article published by CNN Opinion on 20 February 2018.

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