n Conflict Trends - Women in peace processes : lessons from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda

Volume 2009, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


In 2000, the United Nations (UN) Security Council adopted resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. The resolution was the first of its kind in the Security Council explicitly to call on member states to include women's rights, gender equality and women's participation in peace and security initiatives, including in developing and implementing peace agreements. Nearing the 10-year anniversary of 1325, the resolution has proven to be a valuable tool in advocating for, and getting women to, the negotiating table. yet, most peace processes are designed around the principal belligerent political and military leaders, who are predominantly men. When women do manage to get to the negotiating table, they are often confronted with the challenges of being included on equal standing with male counterparts, and of including substantive women's rights and gender equality provisions into agreements.

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