COLLECTIONS / Women in Peacekeeping & ADR

"For millions of women worldwide, the very idea of making political or economic decisions is a cultural taboo. But in matters of war and peace, where [conflict] does not discriminate by gender, a shift is beginning in the tradition that women spend their lives treading softly in their homes and villages while the broader work of governance and negotiation is left to men."
"Women Start Taking Their Places at the Peace Table"
from American News Service →

While men have historically dominated areas such as international diplomacy and negotiations of commerce and finance, studies are showing that women’s experiences, communication styles and rapport-building abilities often help disputants see the benefits of resolution. Gender differences may offer a vital variety of strengths when it comes to the negotiating table. What do women offer that is missing from professional fields dominated by men? And what is the role of women in ADR moving into the future?