Updated: Apr 7, 2020
by Anne Armstrong
Research tells us that when women are politically and socially engaged, societies are more peaceful and prosperous. We know that having women involved at every level of decision-making is strategic — and yet women are rarely included at the table where political, national, and international security decisions are made. Women made up only 8% of negotiators in peace processes between 1990 and 2017. These numbers don’t only apply to war zones, though: the only woman at the table at the recent summit between President Trump and Kim Jong un was the interpreter. There are many reasons why women should be at the tables of power, but to keep things short we’ve outlined five of the most important ones below.