Peace Agreements as a Means for Promoting Gender Equality and Ensuring Participation of Women

Thursday, November 6, 2003
Chea Vannath
South Eastern Asia

All of the key leading Cambodian women from the four political factions participated in the process leading up to a peace agreement, but had little influence on their respective political parties. Women in each factional party were co-opted by the party's interests at the expense of a true population's well-being and peace. There were also a few outstanding women outside of the political factions who informally played very important roles as catalysts in the pre-negotiation phase in preparation for early dialogues among the Cambodian political antagonists.

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