The Women, Peace and Security Agenda

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) recognises the important role of women in promoting peace. This section lists a number of important milestones in the development of the WPS Agenda.

The United Nations approves the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), guaranteeing women equality in public, private, economic and social life.

The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including language on women, peace and security, is unanimously adopted by 189 countries at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

The UN Security Council adopts landmark Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), addressing the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women and the pivotal role women should and do play in conflict prevention, peacekeeping, conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

UN Security Council Resolution 1889 calls for the development of indicators to measure implementation of Resolution 1325.

The UN Peacebuilding Commission adopts a declaration, entitled ‘Women’s economic empowerment for peacebuilding’, acknowledging the need for women’s direct participation and economic empowerment for sustainable peace.

UN Security Council Resolution 2122 affirms an ‘integrated approach’ to sustainable peace, setting out concrete methods for increasing women’s participation and recognising the need to address root causes of armed conflict and security risks faced by women.

A Global Study on the Implementation of Resolution 1325, commissioned by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as part of a review of UN peace and security, highlights good practices, gaps, challenges, emerging trends and priorities for action on the WPS Agenda.

UN Security Council Resolution 2242 highlights the importance of collaboration with civil society and calls for increased funding for gender-responsive training, analysis and programmes.

The Peacebuilding Commission adopts a Gender Strategy to ensure a more structural and systematic integration of gender perspectives across its work, including in its country and region-specific engagements, thematic discussions and dialogues with other intergovernmental organisations.

The Women, Peace and Security Agenda turns 20.