Peace Agreements or Pieces of Paper? The Impact of UNSC Resolution 1325 on Peace Processes and Their Agreements

Authored by: Christine Bell, Catherine O’Rourke

Categories: Peace Support Operations, Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: International Agreements, International Law, Peace Accords, Peacemaking, Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Region: No Region
Year: 2010
Citation: Bell, Christine and Catherine O'Rourke. "Peace Agreements or Pieces of Paper?: The Impact of UNSC Resolution 1325 on Peace Processes and their Agreements." International and Comparative Law Quarterly 59, no. 4 (2010): 941-980.

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On 31 October 2000 UNSC Resolution 1325 was adopted. The resolution provided for a range of measures aimed at the inclusion of women in the prevention, management and resolution of conflict. In particular, several of the resolution’s provisions addressed the role of women and gender in peace negotiations and agreements. This article examines whether and how Resolution 1325 has impacted on the drafting of peace agreements. We analyse explicit references to women and gender in peace agreements from 1990 to 2010, providing a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the extent to which women and gender are addressed. We conclude by using our findings and analysis to address the relationship of feminist intervention to international law, and debates around the strategies and trade-offs which underlie feminist promotion and use of UN Security Council Resolutions in particular.