We the women - why conflict mediation is not just a job for men
|Title||We the women - why conflict mediation is not just a job for men|
|Subtitle / Series Title||5 Years Security Council Resolution 1325|
|Year of Publication||2005|
|Publisher||Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre)|
On the fifth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue asks: why should conflict mediation be a job just for men? Of the 61 senior UN staff who lead or deputise on peacemaking and peacebuilding missions, only four are currently women. Outside the UN, there is just one known and currently active Track One female mediator. HD Centre staff member Antonia Potter has produced an "HD Opinion" entitled "We the Women: why conflict mediation is not just a job for me" which offers reasons as to why women's participation is not only in the interests of equality, but in the interests of peace. It describes how the usual impediments cited to women's participation at the track one level are surmountable or even irrelevant, and suggests a range of practical options to counter discrimination and inertia.