Women all over the world are fighting for gender equality and gender empowerment. Women are discriminated against everywhere and they have been victims of violence both at home and at battleground. In the year 1946, during the CSW’s (U.N. Commission on the Status of Women) inaugural meeting in London, U.S. delegate, Eleanor Roosevelt addressed all women of the world to come forward and work for peace and restoration. Also he opined that the government should encourage women to come forward to take part in national and international affairs.
Even after 66 years of that day, women are still discriminated against and they are struggling to find a place for themselves. It has been observed that majority of the victims of war and armed conflicts are women and children. Therefore women are the ones who have to put up with huge burden of conflict. However, when it comes to expressing one’s feelings in matters of war and peace, they are ignored. This can be seen in positions of power and influence.
Besides reeling under the burden of war, women also have to ensure family livelihoods in the midst of turmoil and destruction. They are also actively involved in various peace movements and try to cultivate peace within their community. In this scenario, it is inevitable to have women at the peace negotiating table. It is time now to have gender equality at the peace negotiating table and women should be given fair chance to have their say.