Women in Multilateral Peace Operations in 2023: What is the State of Play?

Authored by: Claudia Pfeifer Cruz

Categories: Peace Support Operations
Sub-Categories: Peacekeeping, Peacemaking
Region: No Region
Year: 2023
Citation: Cruz, Claudia Pfeifer. "Women in Multilateral Peace Operations in 2023: What is the State of Play?" Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, 2023.

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Executive Summary

This overview of women’s representation in multilateral peace operations presents data on aggregate personnel trends, annual snapshots of data on women’s representation in leadership, and annual averages of women in the personnel of peace operations and in member state contributions. It looks at UN peace operations (i.e. both UN peacekeeping operations and UN special political missions), EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions and operations, and OSCE field operations. The objective is to support the efforts of multilateral organizations and their member states to increase the representation of women in multilateral peace operations.

The statistics presented here aim to inform and foster the debate on the future of the women and peace and security agenda within the context of multilateral peace operations. They illustrate to what extent the organizations deploying multilateral peace operations and their member states are making progress towards increasing women’s representation. Having a better perspective about the status of women’s participation in multilateral peace operations and keeping track of its progress contribute to refining strategies to target potential shortcomings. This overview also enhances the transparency of multilateral peace operations and provides insights into their recent trends and developments.