What is the Women, Peace and Security agenda?
Sustainable peace requires the meaningful participation of all concerned persons and groups, especially of those who are worst affected by violence. Women and girls experience war, conflicts and peace processes differently than men and boys because inequalities prevail and their roles in society have been constructed differently. The United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and subsequent resolutions (e.g. UNSCR 1820) acknowledge the particular impact of conflict on women and girls and their vital role on the way to a long lasting peace. Yet, progress on UNSCR 1325 implementation has been slow and inconsistent. Meaningful participation of civil society organizations, women’s groups and affected women and girls as well as accountability of decision-makers are insufficient. CAREs experience shows that – especially in conflict affected regions – even changing political frameworks mostly fail to achieve social transformation and gender equality. The statistics emphasize the demand for action.