The project will seek to identify best practices of women’s engagement in sustaining peace aimed at assisting government agencies and civil society organizations in developing strategies for the inclusion of women in strategies for sustaining peace. The project will be implemented by the Permanent Secretariat of the Community of Democracies and kindly funded by the Republic of Korea.
Removing barriers to women’s inclusion in conflict and post-conflict scenarios constitutes a priority for the international community. Advancing women’s participation specifically in peace building became part of the agenda in 2000 with the UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, and has been reemphasized in numerous international resolutions and agreements since, most particularly UNSCR 1889 (2009) and 2122 (2013). Despite several international agreements and resolutions, little progress has been made in including women in sustaining peace. In order to effectively advance female participation in the political arena, international agreements and resolutions need to be further supported by following up on the achievements and challenges of such strategies.
With the project “Engaging Women in Sustainable Peace”, the Community of Democracies intends to contribute to the international debate on women in the peace and security dialogue by inferring consolidated best practices from case studies. The project will aim to assess women’s beneficial inclusion in peace processes through a global perspective that embraces case studies from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Potential areas in which best practices may be identified include:
- Women’s engagement in sustaining peace within political bodies;
- Women’s participation in preventing violent extremism through community-level activities and activism;
- Women’s involvement in post-conflict resolution processes trough peace talks and mediation.
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