n Conflict Trends - An overview of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda : Resolution 1325

Volume 2013, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


At the foundation of engagements by the international community in peace and security matters are numerous principles espoused with regard to gender equality. These include the United Nations (UN) Charter, which states in Article 1 that the "[p]urposes of the United Nations [include]... promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion", and Article 7 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979, which perceives the ignorance of gender equality in emergencies as supportive of discrimination. Nonetheless, there has been a need for better incorporation of specific women's issues on the international peace and security agenda - a process that has been gradual and has required awareness of the gender dimension of conflict among policymakers and practitioners alike.

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