The role of women in international conflict resolution

Cassandra K. Shepherd


Women are disproportionately impacted by war and their experiences are distinct from men; further, although women may carry a heavier burden than men during wartimes, their experiences, views, and skills are often under-valued and under-utilized in the resolution of conflict. Peace agreements and reconstruction are more sustainable and effective when women are involved in the peace-building process. Bringing women to the peace table improves the quality of agreements reached and enhances the likelihood of implementation because of the unique skill sets and experiences that women possess.

This article examines the gender distinctions within conflict resolution and why the skills women possess are crucial to lasting peace. The article briefly examines the different ways in which women can and should be involved in both the informal and formal processes of conflict resolution. It then discusses Liberia as a specific example of the impact of women coming together in their struggle to bring peace and justice during wartime. The article then examines the significance of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, and the impact it has made on conflict resolution processes.


Shepherd, C. K. (2015). The role of women in international conflict resolution. Hamline University’s School of Law’s Journal of Public Law and Policy, 36(2).