Women would be guaranteed a seat at the table when the United States negotiates peace agreements under a bill awaiting the president's signature.

The bipartisan legislation titled the Women, Peace and Security Act would require the Trump administration to set up a plan within one year that ensures that women's participation in peace negotiations and conflict prevention is a permanent element of U.S. foreign policy.

Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.VA., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, brought forth the proposal, which passed last week in the House and in August passed in the Senate.

Peace agreements where women were involved in their creation are 35 percent more likely to last at least 15 years, according to a study by the International Peace Institute.

Despite that, women made up just 4 percent of peace agreement signatories and 9 percent of peace negotiators between 1992 and 2011, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.

"I was surprised to see that we didn’t make it a priority in the United States to have women at that table, asking questions and because of the dramatic change and success of peace agreements where women are involved," Noem said. "I felt we needed legislation that encouraged Department of Defense to make sure that always happened."

Lisa Hagen, an assistant professor of political science at South Dakota State University, said having women involved in negotiations or policymaking often yields a better result as women focus on collaboration rather than taking credit for successes.

"In general, it's this idea that women, not just in peace agreements but in all sorts of policy conversations, are more focused on consensus building and work to ensure that everyone comes away from the table satisfied with the result," Hagen said.

Women often have a unique position in areas of conflict, being used for human trafficking and taking over businesses and other roles when soldiers go off to war, she said. And including women in peace talks can help aid faster community recoveries.

“When it comes time to negotiate peace, they know what the community needs to have in order to survive,” Noem said.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the measure into law.

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