PSRP research informs UN report on Women, Peace and Security

Research by the Political Settlements Research Programme has informed a new UN report on Women, Peace and Security.

The new report from the UN Secretary General, published on 9 October 2019, sets out the continued importance of the women, peace and security agenda and calls for the UN and its member states to strengthen efforts towards implementation. The report cites data from the PSRP’s PA-X Peace Agreements Database on inclusion of gender references in peace agreements, which shows that between 1990 and 2018, only 353 of 1,789 agreements (19.7 per cent) included provisions addressing women, girls or gender.

The same PSRP statistics were also partially quoted on 29 October 2019 by the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in New York, who stated that less than 20 percent of peace agreements included provisions addressing women or gender. Her full remarks are available here. The Washington Post has also featured the debate and the PSRP data.

During the debate the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2493 urging member states to implement the women, peace and security agenda and calling on member states to ensure and promote the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in all stages of peace processes.

Resolution 2493 builds on the commitments made 19 years ago by UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which acknowledged the disproportionate impact of armed conflict on women and girls and calls on member states to adopt a gender perspective in conflict resolution.

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