Women in the Israel/Palestine preace talks
In former decades of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, relatively few women have participated in leading roles: Tzipi Livni notably served as Israel’s chief negotiator in multiple rounds between 2007 and 2014 and Hanan Ashrawi was a negotiator for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in the 1990s.
Israeli and Palestinian women leaders have long built coalitions across national, ethnic, and religious lines, which they have used to lead nonviolent efforts to promote human security, equality, and access to basic services. With the 1325 accord, women require to contribute their experience, their expertise and their visions of peace to public negotiation tables.
- The participation of civil society groups, including women’s organizations, makes a peace Agreement 64% less likely to fail
- When women participate in peace processes, the resulting agreement is 35% more likely to last at least 15 year
- Higher levels of gender equality are associated with a lower propensity for conflict,both between and within states
- The vast majority of peace agreements reached since 1990 fail to reference women and address their concerns, such as gender-based violence.