While speaking at Georgetown University on Friday, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the “rights and full participation” of women in politics is the “great, unfinished business of the 21st century.” Clinton also stated “women’s rights and physical safety are often the very first targets of fundamentalists.”
Clinton went on to say “women’s rights and physical safety are often the very first targets of fundamentalists,” therefore making women important in the peace process:
But, in fact, when women are included in peace negotiations, agreements are less likely to fail and more likely to last. And we know that women’s rights and physical safety are often the very first targets of fundamentalists. We also know that women are often the first to spot conflict on the horizon, coming their way. And when their insight and information is ignored, it often leads to consequences that might have been averted. At a time when sexual violence continues to be used as a strategy by terrorist groups, when women are being recruited by ISIS and Boko Haram, evidence suggests leaders who want to do more to guard against terrorism and violence should work even harder to help support and enable the participation of women.
Clinton made sure to inform her audience, “Now, before anybody jumps to any conclusions, I will state, clearly, women are not inherently more peaceful than men. That is a stereotype. That belongs in the alternative reality.”