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Wagner Argues Importance of Women in International Peace Negotiations

Mar 22, 2016
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621


Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) participated in a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing focused on women engaging in the international fight for peace at the invitation of Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA-39).

Wagner was invited by Chairman Royce to the hearing based on her unique perspective as a former U.S. Ambassador and fierce advocacy for protecting women, particularly those harmed by civil war and sectarian violence. She questioned the expert witnesses on the role of women in resolving these conflicts and how they can establish safer, more secure communities following a brokered peace.

One comprehensive review of more than 80 peace agreements found that the formal or informal inclusion of noncombatant civil society actors in peace negotiations decreased the odds of a return to conflict by 64 percent. The evidence that women’s participation greatly increases the likelihood of success is a key argument in favor of women’s inclusion in the peace process.

“As a former woman diplomat it is imperative that we be at the table on, I believe, all issues of the foreign policy peace process. It is imperative of the success of the negiotiations, but perhaps even more important and dually noted here today… in selling the policy and the peace back at home,” Wagner said during the hearing.  

Watch the Committee hearing here: