Currently there is a drastic need for women to become more directly involved in conflict resolution in Israel-Palestine. Women are internationally recognized as playing an essential role in preventing conflicts, supporting peace negotiations and peace building, helping to resolve long lasting conflicts. Despite this, there have only been seven female high-level negotiators in the Israel-Palestine conflict in the twenty years since the Oslo accords and currently there is only one.
The empowerment and inclusion of women in the public sphere offers great opportunity for changing the current stagnated situation. Women bring different concerns to the negotiation table, broaden the scope of joint agendas, and therefore increase the chances of a sustainable, peaceful resolution of conflict. By bringing Israeli and Palestinian women together, we also seek to build mutual understanding, trust, recognition and cooperation among young leaders from both sides.
Women taking active roles and high-level positions in Israel and Palestine political and public life will affect the discourse, local and national agendas, and state visions for cooperation between the parties. Taking into account women perspectives and concerns will have a positive impact in ending the Israel-Palestine conflict and in bringing stability to the Middle-East, improving the lives of tens of millions.