Women need to be given roles as negotiators, not just offered representation through advisory groups, Agnieszka Fal-Dutra Santos from the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) told IPS.
Governments have long pledged to bring more women to the peace table, but for many (if not most), it has been little more than lip service.
The meeting is billed as one of the biggest single gatherings of women activists under one roof.
Can violence against women be prevented or eliminated with a new international treaty signed and ratified by the 193 member states of the United Nations?
Amidst a rise in sexual violence in the world’s war zones, the United Nations has begun appointing women to head some of the key political and peacekeeping missions in conflict areas - and also created Gender Advisers as a second line of defence.
In her opening speech for the world’s largest conference on ending violence against women and girls, Michelle Bachelet summoned the spirit of 15-year old Malala Yousafzai, who’s skull was shattered on Oct. 9, 2012 by a Taliban bullet.