Peace and Security
PEACE AND SECURITYConflicts have devastating consequences, including in widening gaps between women and men. Women often have fewer resources to protect themselves and,with children, frequently make up the majority of displaced and refugee populations. War tactics such as sexual violence specifically target them. Though women have led peace movements and driven community recovery after conflict, they are almost completely missing from peace negotiations. Exclusion from reconstruction limits access to opportunities to recover, to gain justice for human rights abuses, and to participate in shaping reformed laws and public institutions. Around the world, UN Women acts to build women’s participation and influence in decisionmaking to prevent and resolve conflicts. They support women’s engagement in all aspects of peacebuilding, towards more inclusive, egalitarian societies that can end gender discrimination and resolve conflicts without violence. One such example took place in Liberia, where Peace Huts were created for women to mediate conflicts, provide counseling for survivors [of the war] and act as a liaison between the community and the local police. They Huts are linked to the local police station by a free mobile phone hotline so police can rapidly respond to incidence of violence or escalating tension. According to local police, the Peace Huts are making communities safe by preventing violence before it occurs and, because of the reputation of fairness, more men and boys are going to them to address their problems. Another example took place in Mali, where several initiatives urged women to register to vote (in the end, 58% of voters were women) and head of the November legislative elections, UN Women supported women to get on the ballot.