Are women better at peace-making than men?

This is the fourth suggestion from TN2020. They’re discussing ideas for conflict resolution while they’re here in Belfast but would you like to debate this with them on Tuesday? Should we have all-female peacekeeping teams in conflict zones?

13 Responses to “Are women better at peace-making than men?”

  1. 1 Vijay
    September 29, 2008 at 12:12

    Women have a part to play in peace keeping and peace making,however most conflict areas have a patriarchal system and therefore women would be useful to talk to women and children(child soldiers).
    Policng is a different matter,women can perform civilian policing duties in post conflict zones.

  2. 2 Brett
    September 29, 2008 at 13:39


    All female peace keeping teams? Why pull males out entirely? Can’t more benefits be had by having men and women working together? I really would love to see a hostile regime comprised of all men (or mostly men) go through peacekeeping talks with an all female opposing side or peacekeeping team. Especially if said regime has Muslim roots. Good luck with all female peacekeeper teams on that one 😉

  3. 3 Jennifer
    September 29, 2008 at 14:25

    I think women are better at peace making sometimes than what men are. Men and women have different ways of solving problems. I think there could be all female peacekeeper teams but I am not sure they would be effective in every situation.

  4. 4 Luz Ma from Mexico
    September 29, 2008 at 14:34

    Are women better at peace-making than men?

    No, I think there are persons that are better at peace-making than others. It is not a gender issue, it is a personality/beliefs/ability issue.

    However I would like to see more women involved in peace-making missions, but I don´t advocate of taking men from the equation if we want to achieve equality.

  5. 5 Katharina in Ghent
    September 29, 2008 at 15:27

    I’ve heard about Indian female troops in Africa and they seem to be doing a fine job there. But if I recall correctly, they were only part of the corps there and there were also male troops. This seems important to me. A lot of the patriarchal systems will have a hard time to respect females-only troops, but when they come together with some strong, bully-type male troops that “will show them if they don’t listen to the women”, then the women can do very great work because they can interfere in very different ways and are generally quite good in appeasing situations. It’s not without reason that male prisons often like to have at least some female guards, in prisons with only male guards the tensions are much worse.

  6. 6 Auspicious Ndamuwa
    September 29, 2008 at 16:16

    Women cannot and will not attain the status of being more better placed than men when it comes to peace making. Just like men, women have their share of frailties and in most cases much worse than men. Touble is when you involve women in peace deals they approach the any given subject with emotions and when others give in, the deal flops as soon as the emotion fades.

  7. 7 Kofi Quansah
    September 29, 2008 at 16:44

    The only reason this question arises is simply that women have not had the opportunity to be leaders – until now. And because there are numerous examples of humanity’s madness in our history, it is easy to point out that men are war-mongers and women might be different.

    Tell you what. If women had been our leaders since our very existence, we would be asking this same question of men.

  8. 8 Jens
    September 29, 2008 at 18:18

    Margret Thatcher, two words that should miss spell that myth

  9. 9 Jessica in NYC
    September 29, 2008 at 18:31

    I think we are equal to task as men. In some cases we may have an edge over our male counterparts based on training and eduction. I say, put us to the test, what do you have to lose? Getting into taxing wars, oh wait, we’re already there.

  10. September 29, 2008 at 20:09

    Yea, men may have a weakness for being overtly licentious but women also have a noted emotional failure for always breaking down in the face of pressure through crying. Both sexes have their soft spots.

  11. September 29, 2008 at 22:13

    I don’t know about peace makers. Most all female work environments I know of are very hostile. Most women I know are creatively more cruel and backhanded then most guys could ever dream of. Throughout history they have been the cause of many conflicts.

    However, in the Bonobo monkey community, the females are known for diffusing aggression between two males by having sex with both of them. It is considered the “most peacful society on Earth. I have often said any war could have been avoided…..

  12. 12 Jennifer
    October 1, 2008 at 01:44

    @ Dwight

    I agree! Women sometimes can be VERY mean; especially in a workplace. Certain things a woman might do better in terms of peacekeeping in conflict zones would be with children and other women. In other cases….it’s too many chiefs not enough Indians…..

  13. 13 Dinka Alpayo, kampala
    October 6, 2008 at 08:24

    Yes. Women are good in peace-making but weak in peace keeping yet they are a worst advisors, please you are welcome to criticise me on their advising but analyise be4 u acts .

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