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

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Our Perspectives
The scarcity of women in peace negotations
It is 21 September 2013 and the buzzword is peace. But when we talk about peace, we often think of men laying down weapons, signing treaties and rebuilding countries. On this International Day of Peace, however, we need to remember the fundamental role of women in countries affected by conflict. Re
The scarcity of women in peace negotiations | Roma Bhattacharjea
Women are often disproportionately affected by conflict and violence; the time has come to give them a greater role in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. I recently had the honor of visiting Washington DC to participate in the launch of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, & Security,
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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.
Publications
  • Women’s Social, Economic and Political Empowerment in Crisis Prevention and Recovery 2010 Report English
  • Women’s Leadership, Voice, Economic Recovery and Access to Justice: UNDP in Action in Post-Conflict Countries 2010-2011 English