Women and Peace Building: The Case of Palestinian Women

Author(s): Fatima Al Wahaidy
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Gender, Peace and Security
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This project proposal explores the roles women have played in peace building processes and argues why it is necessary to include them. She focuses in particular on the case of Palestinian women during the Palestinian – Israeli conflict and peace negotiations. She argues that it is necessary to involve women in the peace process as they often see alternative ways for organizing security and building peace by challenging male definitions of security and war. The inclusion of women is also necessary to make sure the needs of women are addressed in the peace agenda. The history of the Palestinian women‘s movements is traced and how women have largely been excluded from peace negotiations. A number of suggestions and proposals are outlined for how women could be included in the peace negotiations.