“There is no plan” to involve women in peace talks – no plan and also little interest. Simone Habel gives a report from the international expert discussion on "giving women a voice in peace talks" on 27th November 2014.
Although the overthrow of the Taliban opened up new opportunities for women, it did not give rise to the “women’s liberation” many were expecting. Currently, there are growing concerns about an “apparent backlash against the empowerment of women".
Leymah Roberta Gbowee and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf – both from Liberia – and Tawakkul Karman (Yemen), three outstanding women's rights and peace activists, have been awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
For the time being, peace work is a particular challenge for civil-society actors. Not only wars but also food, climate, care, economic and financial crises in correspondence to the internationalisation of conflicts demand specific engagement and diverse knowledge and expertise. Women and womens' organisations have deserved in this area and they are a driving force behind many peace processes - unfortunately they receive far too little consideration. They are indispensable for a gender-equitable and sustainable peace policy.