"Since the end of the Cold War, much international attention has focused on identifying which factors within a mediation process contribute to sustainable peace. Research by academics and practitioners alike has identified several important areas. These include the ripeness of the conflict; the skills, strategies and tactics of the mediator; and the nature of the parties to the conflict. Importantly, inclusion of civil society and participation of women in peace mediation has featured prominently as an element in the sustainability of peace agreements. However, despite growing recognition of the importance of inclusion, most mediation processes offer limited scope for the voices and representation of women or for civil society more broadly. Women have been found to strengthen peace accords by increasing attention to women’s priorities such as human rights concerns and promoting reconciliation and security on the ground."