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Women peacekeepers provide best long-term solutions

Maria Antonia Montes
Maria Antonia Montes

Thursday marked International Day of Peace. The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan is exploring the role of women in the peace building process?

“I think that women have historically been underrepresented in political spaces.”

Tonis Montes is the Senior Program Officer for the Gandhi-King Global Academy and the Nonviolent Action team at the United States Institute of Peace.

“So, over the past 20-years the U.N. (United Nations) has put forth Resolution 1325 which calls for women to be a part of peace and security. And that is a framework used around the globe. And so, what we’ve seen is that when women are included in peace processes, those outcomes are 50% more durable in the long-term.”

Inclusion, not for the sake of inclusion, but rather as Montes explains women seek real solutions within the peacebuilding process.

“Because women are thinking about other things that aren’t just ceasefires or security arrangements, they’re thinking about education and healthcare and markets and things that really change the livelihoods of all citizens.”

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.