Gender Equality

The Community of Democracies (CoD) is committed to the advancement of women’s participation in public life, in line with its Strategic Plan 2018-2023, which sets gender equality as one of the cross-cutting themes mainstreamed into all activities undertaken by the CoD, and the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda that recognizes Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality, as crucial to the achievement of all SDGs.

In the recent years, the CoD efforts towards advancing gender equality in public life focused on two important areas: improving women’s political participation at all levels and engaging women in sustaining peace.

New Initiative – Women in Peacebuilding: Stories

Continuing the conversation on the importance of women’s involvement in peace efforts, the Permanent Secretariat of the Community of Democracies conducted interviews with women leaders in peacebuilding and peacekeeping to present their stories to the public and highlight the many achievements of women in sustaining peace as well as challenges to their participation in these settings. Go to the Stories

Engaging Women in Sustaining Peace project

Evidence shows that peacebuilding and reconciliation processes have higher rates of success, and more likely to last, when women are meaningfully involved. Echoing the seven commitments of the action plan for gender-responsive peacebuilding outlined by the UN Secretary General in 2010, the publication identifies best practices in women’s participation in conflict resolution and peacebuilding from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as challenges that women face in these post-conflict settings.
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Advancing Women’s Political Participation project

Gender equality and political empowerment of women are key elements for the consolidation of sustainable democracies worldwide. To support women’s participation in politics, the Community of Democracies, in cooperation with International IDEA and the UNDP, organized regional consultations on women’s political empowerment. Reports: Asian Regional Report, MENA Regional Report, African Regional Report, Americas Regional Report and European Regional Report.

The Working Group on Women and Democracy (WGWD)

The WGWD brings together governments and civil society committed to the common goal of achieving gender equality and ensuring meaningful women’s participation in public life and is determined to take concrete actions towards that aim.

Recent activities:
Women’s Political Participation in Local Government
Women: A Powerful Force for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism