PSRP Research Informs UN Women Review of UNSCR 1325

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  • Author : PSRP Category : global-justice-academy, knowledge-exchange, transitional-justice-institute

    Tags : Gender Peace Processes Political Settlements UNSCR 1325 Women Peace and Security Agenda

Research by members of the Political Settlements Research Programme, including a study on peace agreements commissioned by UN Women, has contributed to the UN Secretary General High-level Review on women, peace and security. The High-level Review collates key findings of the Global Study on UNSCR 1325, and was presented to the Security Council alongside the Secretary General’s 2015 report on 13 October 2015, and informed a new UNSC Resolution . It is informed by research and inputs from UN members, academics, practitioners, and civil society actors.

The PSRP welcomes the publication of the High-level Review, as an opportunity for empirical research and experiences of women in the field to produce informed and effective policy, and develop the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Whilst the Review and the Global Study show that some progress has been made to increase the frequency of references to women in political settlements, there is still much room for improvement, and this reflection on UNSCR 1325 is a chance to continue working for greater inclusion of women throughout all facets of peace processes.

The High-level Review has used research conducted by several PSRP members, contributing to the Security Council’s understanding of:

  • references to gender in peace agreements;
  • implementation of gender provisions in peace agreements;
  • awareness of women’s rights by special protection units in conflict zones;
  • criminalization of gender-based crimes by State Parties to the Rome Statute;
  • women’s civil society lobbying for adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty;
  • the adoption of Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security.

The following pieces of research contributed to these parts of the Review, and you can read the original research in full by following the links:

Part A. Beyond the rhetoric: Women’s leadership for peace

Christine Bell, “Text and Context: Evaluating Peace Agreements for Their ‘Gender Perspective’” (University of Edinburgh, Global Justice Academy, UN-Women, March 2015).  (statistics and recommendations used as basis for paragraphs 13-15)

Part D. Access to Justice for Women

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, “Gendered Harms and Their Interface with International Criminal Law,” International Feminist Journal of Politics 16, no. 4 (October 2, 2014).

Part D. Preventing conflict: The origins of the women, peace and security agenda

Megan Bastick and Kristen Valasek, “Converging Agendas: Women, Peace, Security and Small Arms,” in Small Arms Survey 2014: Women and Guns (Small Arms Survey, 2014).


Full text: Report of the Secretary-General on women and peace and security


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