Women make up half of the world’s population. Yet their voices are rarely listened to when it comes to peace and security issues. Far too often, women affected by conflict are excluded from the negotiating table, overlooked as experts, and denied visas to countries where multilateral discussions are held.
When women participate – not just in a symbolic way, but in a true, meaningful way – things happen. Their input completes the picture of what is needed on the ground. According to UN Women, the chances of a peace agreement lasting at least 15 years increase by 35% if women are included in the process behind it.
WILPF is a long-standing advocate for women’s participation in peace processes and in the multilateral system. Through our initiative “Ensuring Women’s Meaningful Participation in the UN System”, launched in 2017, we have also stepped up our efforts to make the UN more inclusive.
We meet with UN high-level officials. We make women’s voices heard. We organise. Because we know that sustainable peace can only be achieved when women’s unique experiences, knowledge and insights are taken into account.