Women, Peace and Security: Understanding the Implementation of Gender Stipulations in Peace Agreements

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Joshi, Madhav; Louise Olsson; Rebecca Gindele; Josefina Echavarría Alvarez; Elise Ditta; & Patrick McQuestion (2020) Women, Peace and Security: Understanding the Implementation of Gender Stipulations in Peace Agreements, Joint Brief Series: New Insights on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) for the Next Decade. Stockholm: Folke Bernadotte Academy, PRIO and UN Women.

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The UN Secretary-General's 2019 Women, Peace and Security (WPS) report underscores the fact that UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) places women’s participation at the centre of work for peace. Additionally, there are clear commitments by the United Nations and Member States to promote women’s rights and gender equality in conflict resolution. As stated by the Secretary-General, strengthening efforts to realize these decisions are part of moving toward 'impactful action rather than empty rhetoric’'(S/2019/800, 1). But how can we better assess whether commitments on women's rights and inclusion result in impactful actions?

Building on in-depth research and data collected by the Kroc Institute's Peace Accords Matrix Barometer Initiative in Colombia, this research brief argues that to achieve meaningful peacebuilding and actual long-term changes in gender equality, women's participation and explicit commitments to women's rights need to be sustained throughout the entire peace process. We need to continue efforts to expand the scope of the WPS agenda beyond the peace negotiation phase to include the peace accord implementation phase. We also need to become even more targeted in our actions to realize the desired objectives.

Louise Olsson at Research-Policy Dialogue

In background to the twentieth anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), FBA and PRIO in collaboration with UN Women, organized a Research-Policy Dialogue on 'New Insights on Women, Peace and Security for the Next Decade' on Friday 24 January at Scandinavia House, New York. The Dialogue brought together leading scholars from the FBA research network with key policymakers and practitioners from a range of Member States, UN Departments, the World Bank, and NGOs, to discuss novel research results with relevance for forwarding the realization of the WPS resolutions and for promoting evidence-based policy and practice. Karin Landgren, Executive Director at Security Council Report and a member of the Nordic Women Mediators network, gave a keynote on ongoing Security Council dynamics.

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