- In recent high-level conferences, there were no women or few women on the panels
- Esther Ngumbi, Elsa D'Silva: We are fed up; the lack of women in such settings is alarmingly common
Dr. Esther Ngumbi is a scientist from Kenya doing postdoctoral graduate work in the United States. Elsa D'Silva co-directs Safecity and works on women's rights issues in India. They are both 2015 New Voices Fellows at the Aspen Institute. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the authors.
(CNN)When foreign ministers from 10 countries -- Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the UAE and United States -- met in Paris in December to discuss possible solutions to the crisis in Syria, the absence of women was noticeable and inexcusable, despite the fact that U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 explicitly says all parties in any conflict should support women's participation in peace negotiations.