Category Archive: Gender

Increasing the participation of women as peace mediators is essential for achieving gender equality and inclusive peace

A new report by PSRP, Durham University, and UN Women examines ways to increase the number of women in high-level peace mediation positions.

Peace agreements with a gender perspective are still an exception, not the rule

Two decades after the UN called on all peace process actors to adopt a gender perspective, but amidst an unpreceded challenge to women’s rights globally under the Covid-19 pandemic, how did peace agreements provide for women, girls and gender in 2020, and what does this tell us about the trajectory of the women, peace and security agenda?

Research boosts role of women in peace processes 

A report launched to mark International Women’s Day offers new guidance for women working in peace keeping processes in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen.

Constitution-Building in Response to Social Crisis: the Second Women Constitution-Makers Dialogue

Participants at the second Women Constitution-Makers Dialogue discussed the relationship between social unrest and the design of constitutional reform processes, implications for democracy and peace, and opportunities to enhance and sustain women’s influence as processes institutionalize.

Learning from Northern Ireland? Making gains for gender equality at the UN Security Council

As Ireland prepares to begin its tenure of the UN Security Council in January 2021, Dr Catherine O’Rourke and Dr Aisling Swaine examine the lessons of inclusive peacebuilding from Northern Ireland and how these might inform the UN Security Council’s work on women, peace and security.

Women’s Rights in Armed Conflict under International Law: book launch marks key WPS anniversary

Dr Catherine O’Rourke of the Transitional Justice Institute launched her new book, Women’s Rights in Armed Conflict under International Law, in an online event marking the anniversary of a key UN Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace and Security.

PSRP research informs OECD’s States of Fragility 2020

Research from the Political Settlements Research Programme has contributed to the OECD’s report on States of Fragility 2020, which examines the dramatic impact of Covid-19 on the global state of fragility and sets out a policy agenda at a critical turning point.

PeaceFem: Can Technology Support Inclusive Peacemaking?

PSRP and UN Women presented the new PeaceFem mobile app at the Virtual Torino Forum for Sustaining Peace on 8 September, and led a discussion on the potential of technology to support the Women, Peace and Security and Youth, Peace and Security Agendas.

New book examines women’s rights in conflict

A new book examines how institutions and regimes interact to protect women’s rights in conflict. Written by Dr Catherine O’Rourke of the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster, the book uses case studies to reveal the implications of the fragmented protection of women’s rights in conflict.

Social Media, Blockchain, Big Data & Co: How do we support women mediators in peace processes in a technology-driven world?

Fiona Knäussel reflects on the programme’s thinking on women and PeaceTech, the challenges for women peacebuilders in using tech tools and how to address them, and on whether tech solutions are themselves gender-proofed.