From Peace Talks to Parliaments: The Microprocesses Propelling Women into Formal Politics Following War - International Negotiation


Published: 14Oct2022

October 14th, 2022 | In this article, Miriam Anderson and Marc Y. Valade find that women’s civil society built social networks reliant on cross-ethnic collaboration and the support of international actors during the peace negotiations. With the aid of those networks, they successfully entered formal politics and passed pro-women legislation, where they developed cross-party alliances and maintained close relationships with civil society, increasing their effectiveness in parliament. This case suggests that evolving social networks are a crucial component of the explanation for women’s increased participation in politics during times of transition from conflict to peace.

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