Women’s Meaningful Participation in Peace Processes

Modalities and Strategies Across Tracks

Authored by: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Categories: Conflict Prevention, Human Rights, The Field of Women, Peace and Security
Sub-Categories: Access to Justice and Rule of Law, Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Participation, Human Development, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Region: No Region
Year: 2018
Citation: "Women’s Meaningful Participation in Peace Processes: Modalities and Strategies Across Tracks." The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. February 2018.

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Executive Summary

Global peace has been in decline for four consecutive years, with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region having numerous high-intensity armed conflicts and regarded as the world’s least peaceful region. Despite significant efforts by the UN and others, including civil society and regional organizations, high-level peace processes in the region remain largely stalled and women’s meaningful participation limited, hampering the likelihood of reaching a durable agreement. Indeed, making strides towards women’s effective participation and gender-inclusive peace processes continues to be a persistent challenge with relatively little progress since the passing of the landmark Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security (WPS).

Building on the prior discussions and efforts of many others working to create feminist change in this space, the recommendations offered here are designed to reemphasize and/or suggest further opportunities for coordination, prioritization and strategic investment. The moment now brings renewed energy and momentum to address the gaps and obstacles for conflict prevention, management and resolution in the framework of the upcoming 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action (1995) in 2020. Transformative and deeply inclusive approaches to deliver positive peace are urgently needed, and there is no better time than now.