Duringa roundtable discussion with the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee, Ivanka Trump suggested implementing the Women, Peace and Security Act. Ivanka Trump wants to change the fact that in major peace talks from 1990 to 2017, women constituted only 2 per cent of mediators, 8 per cent of negotiators and 5 per cent of witnesses and signatories.

“When women meaningfully participate in peace negotiations,” Trump added, citing a United Nations report, “the likelihood that the resulting peace will endure more than 15 years increases by 35 per cent.”

Ivanka Trump argued that women lead to more effective agreements, while she called for more women to be included in conflict management, negotiation and resolution around the world. “When women meaningfully participate in peace negotiations,” Trump added, citing a United Nations report, “the likelihood that the resulting peace will endure more than 15 years increases by 35 per cent.”

Others in the conference were Republican Sens. Jim Risch and Shelley Moore Capito, Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin and Jeanne Shaheen and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green and officials from the State and Defense Departments. The strategy to include women in peace talks was described as a part of ‘Social Justice for Women’ around the world. Trump also announced that the administration has also hired a Director of International Organizations to work on the strategy from the National Security Council. She also ensured that new metrics concerning the strategy would be announced in the next 90 days to track progress from various development agencies. Adding a pinch of sarcasm, she said, “In government terms, that’s tomorrow.”

Cardin was of the view that since US has great influence on the world; they can possibly bring in the much-required positive change. “The United States has a great deal of influence around the world, and we can make a difference on this equation,” said Cardin. Further added, “And if we change those metrics to be much more balanced, I am very confident we’re going to have a more stable world, and U.S. national security will be protected by that.”

How indulgence of women in peace talks can save us from nuclear apocalypse

A study by Dominic DP Johnson and Team shows that men are more likely to be overconfident than women. This means that men are more likely to indulge in attacking the enemy than women. The research also shows that women tend to analyse more, and the possibility of indulging in negotiated agreements is also more in case of women. So, in war like scenario, women will first seek out ways to resolve and not attack.

The research also indicates how if women were fully represented in the high-level policy roles, like bilateral nuclear deals, as well as global commitments, they would be much stronger with the participation of women.

The research also indicates how if women were fully represented in the high-level policy roles, like bilateral nuclear deals, as well as global commitments, they would be much stronger with the participation of women. In fact during the cold war, women peace activists were instrumental in making negotiations for a partial nuclear test ban treaty a reality in 1963, according to the United Nations Office For Disarmament Affairs.

According to the study Women And Weapons: Redressing The Gender Gap: An Indian Response, women empowerment might affect disarmament and non-proliferation efforts to a greater extent. But women’s influence over nuclear policy is dismally low! The policy states, “The natural differentiation between the sexes like perceiving man as the chief of the house has pervaded all the features of nuclear policy making.”  To confirm this, an example is that of the Indian and Pakistani delegations to the 2013 Oslo and 2014 Nayarit conferences on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear detonations can be given which had no women representation.

It is also true that women are more peace-loving than men and hence including them in the international matters that can result in a lesser number of wars, opens up the possibility of discussion and settlement through negotiations.

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