Gender Equality and Peaceful Societies: From Evidence to Action

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Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development

International Peace Institute

777 United Nations Plaza, 12th Floor (Corner of 1st Avenue and 44th Street)

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Throughout 2015, the United Nations, governments, and civil society organizations are celebrating the anniversaries of two milestones for women’s security and peace in society: the Platform for Action in Beijing (1995) and UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000).

Although international frameworks have advanced, the evidence linking gender equality and peace remains poorly understood among policymakers and society at large. Amid many acknowledgements that empowering women is good for societies, the specific impact that this has on promoting and sustaining peaceful societies remains under-explored. At the same time, there is little consensus on the best way to advance women’s participation in policymaking and peacemaking, which continues to lag behind.

What does the evidence say about the relationship between gender equality, state security, and peace writ large? Twenty years after Beijing, what works and what does not to advance policy and change practices? How do we uncover the benefits of promoting women’s participation and do so in a manner that prompts states and citizens to act? What are the pathways for accelerating women’s participation and building peaceful societies in the twenty years to come?

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Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development

International Peace Institute

777 United Nations Plaza, 12th Floor (Corner of 1st Avenue and 44th Street)

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IPI is an independent, international not-for-profit think tank dedicated to promoting the prevention and settlement of conflicts between and within states by strengthening international peace and security institutions.

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