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Women AP PHOTO/PETROS GIANNAKOURIS

“DEFENSE ONE”

“The facts are clear: Involving all of a society in peace and security, not just half the population, leads to better results.

Social science and business researchers overwhelmingly agree that, as a group, women show particular strengths when it comes to compromise and collaboration.

 In April 2011, a crowd of 2,000 women and children blocked a highway in northwestern Syria to demand that government officials release hundreds of men who had been rounded up in neighboring villages. The protest succeeded and the men came home. Through four years of horrendous civil war, women have negotiated local ceasefires, including a recent 20-day truce in a violence-ravaged Damascus suburb. Women have documented human rights abuses, opened temporary schools, and exposed local officials who failed to hand out donated food and medical supplies.

The value of such work has long been recognized — at least in proclamations and plans. Fifteen years…

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