Academic journal article Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations

Letter from the Editor

Academic journal article Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations

Letter from the Editor

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Women have traditionally been the diplomats of their families and communities, from resolving disputes between siblings to weathering food scarcity crises and other emergencies. In the past century, women's traditional diplomatic role has finally begun to push well beyond the barriers of the home and into the international arena. Particularly since 2016, the gender equality movement has raised awareness of girls' and women's rights and restrictions, inspired women to charge past traditional barriers, and forged meaningful, lasting political and social change.

As a result, communities, governments, and international organizations such as the United Nations and the G7 have begun to embrace the positive change the gender equality movement brings with it. Studies from NGOs, the UN, and academia have proven that a healthier, economically and politically stable world begins and ends with women's equal participation.

In the second issue of our 20th volume, the critical diplomatic roles from grassroots advocacy to international negotiations are explored. Nahla Valji and Pablo Castillo open this issue, arguing for the importance, and ultimate necessity, of gender parity for the success of the United Nations' peace and security efforts. This article discusses the great need for gender parity both within the UN system as well as within its advocacy on the ground. …

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