Women's Effective Participation and the Negotiation of Justice: The Importance of Skills Based Training
15 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2015 Last revised: 16 Feb 2015
Date Written: February 11, 2015
While recent years have seen a much greater engagement with the issue of gender in transitional justice, women nevertheless remain vulnerable to marginalization in transitional processes. It is often assumed that women are prepared for the demands of politics, with little thought given to training and capacity building for what is traditionally an underrepresented group in national politics. This paper reflects on training that was facilitated by the authors for a group of Syrian women in late 2012. The training focused on practical skills in mediation and negotiation, and was based on the premise that if women’s participation in peace negotiations is to be effective, skills and capacity need to be addressed before rather than during or after a transition.
Keywords: Syria, gender, mediation, negotiation
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