Women’s meaningful involvement in civil resistance movements has shown to be a game changer. Examining movements in Argentina, Chile, Egypt, Liberia, the Palestinian territories, Poland, Syria, and the United States, this report advocates for the full engagement of women and their networks in nonviolent movements for a simple and compelling reason—because greater female inclusion leads to more sustainable peace.
- Nonviolent movements are nearly twice as successful as violent ones in achieving their objectives.
- Mass participation is part of what makes nonviolent movements so successful, particularly—and importantly—when women are included.
- Women have historically been denied full access to political spaces usually reserved for, or dominated by, men.
- All over the world, women have persisted in the face of inequalities to assume roles as strategists, organizers, and active participants in various nonviolent campaigns and movements.