Graça Machel and Mary Robinson state that though women are brutalised in conflict, they are not victims; they are actors for change.
Mary Robinson and Lakhdar Brahimi argue that women must be included in the peace-building process.
Mary Robinson participated in the Global Philanthropy Forum panel 'Women, Children and Conflict' in Redwood City, California. She described some of the stories she heard from women while on a recent trip to Eastern Chad. She also explained how women who have been affected by conflict are building strength by linking up to find more effective solutions to address poverty, gender-based violence, and gaps in opportunity.