Because women & girls experience conflict very differently from men, gender dynamics play a key role in violent conflicts & these are important considerations for peacebuilding efforts to ensure equal protection. Women must be included & empowered to inform & enhance peace processes & improve society for all genders. This Thematic Action Area is a collection of discussions, resources, events & more that provide knowledge & coordination opportunities around women, peace & security.
Frequently Asked Questions
Women, Peace & Security (WPS) made it onto the United Nations Security Council’s agenda in 2000 with the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1325. The resolution recognized women’s leadership to achieve international peace & security across its four pillars of prevention, participation, protection, and peacebuilding & recovery.
Peacebuilding is a broad range of measures implemented in the context of emerging, current, or post-conflict situations & which are explicitly guided & motivated by a primary commitment to the prevention of violent conflict & the promotion of a lasting & sustainable peace (Search for Common Ground).
There is strong evidence that “women’s participation in peace & security processes is core to their operational effectiveness—by strengthening the protection efforts of peacekeepers, improving prevention of radicalization & accelerating economic recovery. Women’s meaningful participation also helps the conclusion & implementation of more sustainable peace agreements” (UN Women).
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For a collection of WPS resources, please visit our Resource Library.