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La participación de las mujeres en los procesos de paz. Las otras mesas.

María Villellas Ariño, Investigadora de la Escola de Cultura de Pau, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. ICIP Working Paper 2010/05

This paper argues that women’s absence in peace processes cannot be explained by their alleged lack of experience in dialogue and negotiation, but by a serious lack of will to include them in such important initiatives of change. Women have wide ranging experience in dialogue processes including many war and post-war contexts, but there has been a deliberate lack of effort to integrate them in formal peace processes. After introducing the research framework, the paper addresses women’s involvement in peace, and analyzes the role played by women in peace processes, through the cases of Sri Lanka and Northern Ireland. The paper concludes that peace processes are as gendered as wars, and for that reason gender has to be a guiding line for including women in peace processes. Keywords: peace processes, gender, feminist studies, resolution 1325, women’s participation.

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