In 2000 the UN passed Security Council Resolution 1325, calling for the increased participation of women in peace processes. Despite this, women made up “only 2 percent of mediators, 8 percent of negotiators, and 5 percent of witnesses and signatories” worldwide between 1990 and 2017. Evidence suggests that “when women and civil society groups are invited and meaningfully participate in peace negotiations, the resulting agreement is 64% less likely to fail and 35% more likely to last at least fifteen years.” However, we need female leaders at all levels of the peace process, especially as negotiators, peacekeepers, and signatories, not just as part of civil society organizations. When women are present in peace negotiations, they challenge norms and bring forth ideas and policy suggestions that would otherwise be ignored or forgotten. In examining the case studies of Colombia and Yemen, we see not only the historical importance of including women in peace and security negotiations, but also the potential pathways forward.

Women comprise half of the world population, yet are substantially underrepresented in political leadership positions.

Gwen Young, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Wilson Center, shares how her organization is working to achieve gender parity in public service worldwide.

Of the eleven countries in Southeast Asia, seven have had female heads of state; but does this translate to women's political representation on a national or subnational level? 

The United States now has a record number of women in Congress, while Ethiopia has women leading across three sectors of government. Women are on the rise.

With the rise of women's movements across the globe and the shift in demographics and politics, what are the best platforms to continue to advance gender equity and women's leadership? Do we need "women's networks" and what are the best practices and outcomes?

Many congratulations to our Global Leadership Ambassador Ziauddin Yousafzai on the launch of his book ‘Let Her Fly’!