The more women are empowered to access leadership at all levels of society, the more they can perform an increasingly potent role as peace brokers and catalysts for change. Women play a crucial part in peacebuilding by mobilising across ethnic, religious, and linguistic lines; and have unique access in negotiating processes.
In UN missions, only 4 % of total personnel are female, while their share is higher among police forces.
In 2015, 10.8 % of military personnel in the armed forces of NATO member nations was female. The share of women among active duty personnel ranged from 4 to 20 % among EU Member States that are also in NATO. At the same time, the share of applications to military academies and/or colleges submitted by women was roughly twice as high on average.