Are women inherently peaceful?

It is not uncommon to come across texts that show women as inherently peaceful people who can offer invaluable contributions in peace-making and peacebuilding processes, whilst offering no reasoning or valid proof as to how they are so peaceful. Recently, Nozipho January-Bardill, a South African special adviser to UN Women claimed that “women prefer for people not to be killed. If there’s a choice, women opt for life,” and the United Nations claims the presence of women can “help to reduce conflict and confrontation.”  These assumptions are written into policy, often without challenge. Although there is a distinctive focus on the power of women in peacebuilding processes, these claims ignore women’s contributions to conflict and violence. Read more