By Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Unleashing women’s power to influence and transform peace processes is critical to sustaining peace and security. Women have valuable experiences and expertise, yet there are still significant barriers to their inclusion in peace processes. That’s why UN Peacekeeping missions around the world engage women to prevent and mitigate conflicts and increase their representation in local and national peace processes.

At an event on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, I heard powerful testimonies of women from Mali and the…