Women in Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Recovery

 Women's Empowerment in Crisis
On 26 September 2012 in Malha, North Darfur, women attend an Open Day workshop to discuss the principles and progress related to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Photo: Sojoud Elgarrai/UNAMID

Women and girls are uniquely and disproportionately affected by armed conflict and disaster. In post conflict and disaster settings, they often suffer from lack of security and are excluded from decision making and participation in economic, social, and political spheres. National laws and judicial systems also remain discriminatory against them. Crisis could provide an opportunity to break down traditional barriers and roles which often limit women’s contribution to society, and “to build back better” where inequality is not perpetuated.

Our Goals

To enhance women’s, political, social and economic empowerment in armed conflict and disaster settings.

  • Works with national governments to develop policies and services that benefit women and men equally
  • Works closely with international and national partners on the UN’s global policy agenda on Women, Peace and Security and support implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Our stories

  • Giving a voice to female victims in GuatemalaOct 27, 2014Giving a voice to female victims in GuatemalaA transitional justice project provides support and reparation for female victims of the domestic armed conflict in Guatemala.

  • Syrian voicesSyrian voicesMeet some of the Syrian refugees living in Jordan who are raising their voices to tell the world what is happening in Syria, and why they decided to flee their country.

  • Haitians recycle rubble into new communitiesJan 12, 12Haitians recycle rubble into new communitiesTwo years after the devastating earthquake Haitians have recycled over 20 percent of more than half of the total quake rubble removed so far, helping affected communities build new houses or rebuild damaged ones, pave sidewalks and put up more than 2,000 metres of walls and riverbank protection structures to help prevent flooding in the disaster-prone Caribbean country.

Projects and Initiatives

In Focus
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Whether in times of armed conflict, post-conflict or peace, sexual violence is neither inevitable nor acceptable; it is an outcome of gender inequality and a violation of human rights for which states are accountable.

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Did you know?
  • Since 1992, women have comprised only eight percent of negotiating delegations in UN mediated peace processes.
  • Women comprise 70 percent of the world's hungry, a situation that is exercerbated by conflict and disaster.
  • Women, boys and girls are 14 times more likely to die during a natural disaster than men.
  • Sexual violence directed towards women and girls is often used as a deliberate tactic in conflict.
Stop the Violence!
Banderas launches appeal to end violence against women