Women’s Peace Table
“Come, join us at the table”
Mediators Beyond Borders International promotes a gendered approach to peacebuilding and has trained many women in its ITIs. By organizing this Women’s Peace Table MBBI is joining the #WomenSeriously movement, calling for equal women’s representation at peace tables and an increase in the participation of women in conversations on global peace and security. The Women’s Peace Tables Worldwide, founded my Irene Santiago, call for women’s equal contribution to Peace Processes worldwide and a more successful and sustained Peace throughout the world.
The table is a place where dialogue takes place and many agreements are negotiated. “Peace tables” maybe familiar to you where agreements are negotiated more locally – at your workplace, local council or even at the family dinner table. A Peace Table is where an agreement is negotiated to end a conflict between two or more parties. These parties are usually governments, countries or ethnic groups.
Why do we need women at the peace table? Because there is a 20 per cent increase in the probability of an agreement lasting at least two years, and even a 35 per cent increase in the probability of an agreement lasting at least 15 years. On October 31, 2000 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 on ‘Women Peace and Security’; the resolution was ground breaking for putting women on the international agenda for peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding. Among many good points it reaffirms the role women play in conflict prevention and resolution, and it calls for the adoption of a gender perspective during the negotiating and implementing of peace agreements. Unfortunately,
Therefore, we call you to join us at an interactive Women’s Peace Table. With inspirational speakers, where we male and female, can work together on a more inclusive and peace”able” world.