n Conflict Trends - The role of the UNMISS Gender Unit and officers in peacekeeping operations

Volume 2013, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Gender mainstreaming in peace and security is informed by a clear mandate and a rich policy context. These derive from both the global agenda for peace and security and the women's rights and gender mainstreaming agenda, articulated by the intergovernmental community at the Beijing Conference (1995). The principle instruments of this policy context are The United Nations (UN) Charter (1947), which governs all UN activity and specifically gives attention to the equal rights of men and women; UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2000); and The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) (1979). CEDAW is a comprehensive treaty and, as such, its provisions must be reflected in the constitutions and legislations of state parties, and hence are legally enforceable. Other policy instruments include The Beijing Platform for Action (1995); The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Agreed Conclusions on Gender Mainstreaming (1997); the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) Under Secretary-General's Policy Note on Gender Mainstreaming (2005); and the DPKO Policy Directive on Gender Mainstreaming (2006), among others.

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