From Protests to Paper: Using PeaceFem to Analyse Women's Inclusion in Peace Processes


Author: Laura Wise

The PeaceFem app reveals that between 1993 and 2016, direct representation and consultations were the most common ways to include women in peace processes. Peace agreements frequently featured provisions for women’s participation and gender equality, but there was less emphasis on ensuring women’s roles in the implementation of these agreements or providing for their protection. The factors enabling women’s inclusion were context-specific but often involved active civil society and a pre-existing presence of women in public life. Conversely, common constraints included insecurity, violence against women, and negative societal attitudes towards women’s political participation. The app offers valuable insights into gender justice and peace, particularly as peace processes become more complex and technology creates both threats and opportunities for women’s inclusion.


Peace Analytics Series

PeaceRep’s Peace Analytics Series features the research methodology underlying the PeaceTech innovations of the PeaceRep programme.

The series includes: data scoping research; ‘how to’ discussions relating to particular challenges in the field of visualisations and geocoding; and other proof-of-concept tech-based innovations, such as the use of natural language processing. It is intended to present the methodologies and decisions behind our PeaceTech digital research, to make it transparent, and to contribute to establishing a new research digital infrastructure in the field of peace and conflict studies, by supporting others to reuse and repurpose our methodologies and findings.