Thanks to Europe's Art gallery I had the opportunity to be a part of the Women in Art for Peace exhibition in the building of Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Between 1992 and 2011, only four per cent of signatories to peace agreements and less than 10 per cent of negotiators at peace tables were women.
In 2000, the UN Security Council passed the historic resolution 1325 on women, peace and security which calls for women to participate in peacebuilding.
The Geneva Graduate Institute’s Broadening Participation Project shows that when women's groups were able to effectively influence the process, a peace agreement was almost always reached and the agreement was more likely to be implemented.
As countries in conflict strive to achieve peace and stability, it is essential that women, often excluded from peace and reconciliation processes, are empowered to build and sustain peace in their communities.