Delivering the “Women, Peace and Security” Agenda

The UN fails to make good on women's security despite the apparent success of a resolution passed 18 years ago

6 February 2019

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325) from 2000 promised to bring about a paradigm shift in thinking about women’s position and role in the world. Has it delivered?

It was and still remains a cornerstone and reference point for policy development and academic debates about women’s role in peace and security issues. Moreover, it provided an underpinning for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in particular SDG 5, which sets out gender equality and empowerment of all women as critical global goals.

At the forefront of the resolution was the recognition that women had a specific role and place in peace and security and that this necessitated a strategic response.

The 1990’s had brought into clear view the fact that women and girls were disproportionately affected by conflicts in distinct and profound ways and that existing norms, procedures and approaches to conflict were failing to take account of this.

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Kerry Longhurst

Jean Monnet Professor at Collegium Civitas and a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe. She has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Birmingham and an MSc in Strategic Studies from the University of Wales. She held an Advanced Marie Curie Fellowship at Ifri in Paris and was also a Senior Lecturer at the European Research Institute at the University of Birmingham. Dr Longhurst has published widely on European Neighbourhood issues as well as other topics in European Security.

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