It has been suggested that political systems have
something unique to gain from the participation of women.
Women, it is argued, have a different approach to peace and
conflict resolution, so that increasing their participation
in decisions concerning these issues has the potential to
move political and international systems closer to peace.
example, research in a number of countries confirms that,
compared to women, men show a 10 to 15 percent greater preference
for the use of military force. They also pointed to evidence
that indicates women have a more cooperative style of decision-making
that is not primarily based on coercion, or the use of force.
experts also cautioned against jumping to conclusions. For
one thing, they said, none of the research indicates that
women or men are born more aggressive or peaceful than the
other. They added that often bringing one or two women into
high-level political positions might not have any impact on
the way decisions are made. The political style only changes
if women are represented in large enough numbers -- a critical
mass -- estimated at a level of about 30 to 35 percent.