Securing the Peace: Guiding the International Community Towards Women’s Effective Participation Throughout Peace Processes

Authored by: Klara Banaszak, Camille Pampell Conaway, Anne Marie Goetz, Aina Iiyambo and Maha Muna (Editors)

Categories: Peace Support Operations
Sub-Categories: Peacemaking, Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Region: No Region
Year: 2005
Citation: Banaszak, Klara, Camille Pampell Conaway, Anne Marie Goetz, et al., eds. Securing the Peace: Guiding the International Community Towards Women's Effective Participation Throughout Peace Processes. New York: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, 2005.

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Executive Summary

The overarching goal envisioned in this publication is a locally driven, locally owned and inclusive process wherein women can assert their right to participate in the decisions being taken about their future and which will result in the signing and implementation of a gender-sensitive peace agreement. A narrow window of opportunity exists for a gender perspective to be incorporated in the transformative processes that follow conflict; these begin with the negotiations that end war and create a foundation for peace. The guidelines offered here point the way to helping women make the most of that window, so they contribute to and benefit from a lasting, just and inclusive peace.
This publication provides concrete recommendations to: support women’s effective participation at all stages of a peace process, promote gender-sensitive peace negotiations and agreements, and encourage the mainstreaming of a gender perspective throughout the implementation of peace accords.