Gender, Peace and Security

Women's Advocacy and Conflict Resolution

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United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 recognises both war’s adverse effects on women and women’s important contributions to peace and security. Yet despite the resolution being passed unanimously over a decade ago, women are still generally underrepresented in formal peace negotiations and to date only 33 countries worldwide – and only 5 in the Commonwealth – have approved National Action Plans (NAPs) to implement the resolution.

Gender, Peace and Security examines women’s role in both conflict and post-conflict reconciliation. It describes how UNSCR 1325 provides support for women in peace-building processes and provides case studies of how it has been implemented in selected countries, including the benefits of NAPs and women’s involvement in their adoption. Essential reading for Ministers and senior officials looking to develop NAPs, or anyone with an interest in the role of women in international affairs.




As noted above, the development of a NAP does not automatically translate into improvements in the socioeconomic and political welfare of women, and lack of implementation, action and accountability have been identified as the primary obstacles to concrete changes in women’s lives (Butler et al. 2010). Thus a central role that the Commonwealth Secretariat and other strategic partners can play is to promote shared understandings of the purpose of NAPs as well as illustrate the problems faced and develop strategies to minimise them in newly implementing countries. Toward this end, the Secretariat can serve as a resource centre, documenting and sharing information on best practices through regular meetings with leadership across the Commonwealth. It can also help in the development of widely shared indicators and actions to address the central tenets of UNSCR 1325. The use of the same indicators across different countries would strengthen information collection and enhance comparability of data and measurement of progress in various contexts.


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