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

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Healing and hope for victims of sexual violence

Like many other survivors of sexual and gender-based violence during Croatia's violent conflict between 1991 and 1995, Ana has been struggling to deal with her traumatic experience for more than 20 years. "I used to feel so powerless," says the unemployed widow, now in her mid-fifties. In more

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Haitian women rebuild their lives one brick at a time

The main driving force for earthquake-damaged house rebuilding in Haiti is not the government, the private sector, NGOs or international organizations. Families and communities have been playing a vital role, taking the task to build back a more resilient country into their own hands—especially womemore

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Haitians on the pitch for recovery

Josiane Vesna is a resident of Bel Air, one of the most violent, poor, and garbage-filled zones in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Following the earthquake that devastated the country one year ago, Josiane, along with nearly 1000 other Haitians, was hired to rebuild six neighbourhoods, including her own. “Afmore

Projects and Initiatives

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Young Palestinians prepare for politics

When young people, particularly young men feel excluded and are unable to have a say in the way their communities are run, the likelihood of political violence increases. In the West Bank and Gaza, where political issues are often resolved through violence, years of conflict and recently - politicalmore

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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.
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