‘Securing’ Peace

Women and Security Arrangements in Peace Processes

Authored by: Dr. Jan Pospisil and Professor Christine Bell

Categories: Peace Support Operations, Statebuilding, The Field of Women, Peace and Security
Sub-Categories: Peacemaking, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Security Sector Reform (SSR), Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Region: No Region
Year: 2018
Citation: Pospisil, Jan, and Christine Bell. 'Securing' Peace: Women and Security Arrangements in Peace Processes. Issue brief. October 2018.

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Executive Summary

Too often, formal peace negotiations approach women’s meaningful participation and gender equality as a secondary and apolitical concern to ‘stopping the war’. Arguments are often made that the need for political pragmatism to end the conflict must singularly prevail. Yet both concerns are inextricably linked to one another for sustainable peace. The approach of these briefs supports engagement in peace processes rooted in the principle of gender equality, while recognizing that provisions designed to achieve equality in any context will be negotiated politically in practice. To influence change, women will need to influence a range of actors, including those who may not see gender equality as central. Women themselves will also have diverse political views and perspectives. The briefs therefore offer comparative analysis, examples and framing questions to support women and others to develop proposals suitable to their own context, rather than prescribing any one approach.