n Conflict Trends - Gender mainstreaming policies and practice in peacekeeping operations

Volume 2013, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


By definition, gender mainstreaming in peacekeeping operations is the full incorporation of gender perspectives into all peacekeeping activities: from the initial stages of ceasefire negotiations and the establishment of mandates for peacekeeping operations, to implementation in post-conflict situations. For the host country of any operation, mainstreaming gender goes beyond the empowerment of women; it involves a process to build the workforce of societies. The United Nations (UN) National Economic and Social Council defines mainstreaming gender perspectives as the "process of assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in any area and at all levels. It is a strategy for making the concerns and experiences of women as well as of men an integral part of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all political, economic and societal spheres, so that women and men benefit equally, and inequality is not perpetuated." In the last 13 years, gender has increasingly been conceptualised, operationalised and mainstreamed into peacekeeping operations by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), highlighting a renewed commitment specifically to address the vulnerabilities of women in conflict and post-conflict environments in countries hosting peacekeeping operations.

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