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A mother hunting for medicine lays motionless in the Central African heat, “bludgeoned to death with …rifles” by Seleka rebels.  Alive but abandoned, her ailing daughter lays nearby (Smith).  It is not the first time women have been silenced for seeking a problem’s remedy.  At peace tables around the world, women’s issues are often abandoned during dialogues.  After civil war, neglecting women as a necessity at the peace table promotes maltreatment of females and a malicious cycle of conflict.  Incorporating women into peace talks by enhancing education, minimizing sexist stigma, and establishing a sense of security offers a cure to conflict.A chronic malady in the Central African Republic, civilians rarely see a time without “sporadic surges of violence” and weak, corrupt leadership (“Roots” par. 1).  Civil war broke out after the election of Francois Bozize? in 2005.  However, Bozize? failed to return the favor for his voters, and governed “in the interests of a narrow circle.” Feeling snubbed by the former coup leader’s personal interests, public contempt spread quickly.  Two new rebel factions, the APRD and UFDR, assembled to overthrow Bozize?’s administration (Woodfork and Charny).  After years of bloodshed in the bush, a peace treaty was signed on June 21, 2008. Calling for an immediate armistice and assimilation of rebels into society, the Accord de Paix Global attempted to mend the country’s open wounds (“Report” par. 4). For women, the treaty only slashed new scars.A largely mistreated and marginalized group, women have no input in political dialogues. Women, a “deeply excluded” group in the patriarchal confines of the country, had no opportunity to intervene in “peace-building and reconstruction processes” (Musau pars. 5-7).  At the time of peace talks in 2008, women only represented 10% of the Central African Republic’s government (see fig. 2).  No female representatives were in attendance to review or sign the Accord de Paix Global on June 21, 2008 (see fig. 1).Without proper representation and advocacy at the peace table, women’s needs were dominated by splitting the spoils of war.  Disregard for female civilians coupled with a continuance of rebel activity raised the risk for unwanted pregnancies, lack of education, rape, slavery, and loss of property (Odicoh par. 4).  Throughout the torn nation, women and young girls are subjected to repeated rape, resulting in “physical injury and illness,” as well as debilitating mental states (“Sexual”).  After the signing of the treaty in 2008, violence continued to run rampant.  Due to a nightmarish “fear of kidnapping and extortion,” a growing toll of displaced persons reached “at least 100,000” (“Under” par. 5).