Women's Agency in War and Peace: Bridging the gap on female (ex-)combatants in the UNSCR 1325 agenda
Twenty years after the UN Security Council launched the landmark Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, substantive progress has been made in acknowledging and supporting women’s leadership in peace(building) processes. However, there remains a persistent gap in understanding the distinct roles and aspirations of women associated with armed groups, and facilitating their meaningful participation in conflict resolution and post-war transition.
As a result, donors and implementation agencies fail to consider those women as a target group of 1325 National Action Plans, or when they do, they tend to adopt restrictive and stereotypical approaches to the topic. A more nuanced understanding of the various ways in which women join and participate in conflicts is necessary to seize opportunities to translate their war-time agency into constructive contributions to conflict transformation, and ultimately to prevent recurring conflict and enable sustainable peace.
This event will give the floor to these protagonists by inviting female representatives from (former) resistance and liberation movements to share their experiences, aspirations and lessons learnt for effective war-to-peace transitions, and by reflecting with UN1325 experts on the challenges and opportunities of supporting those women’s agency in negotiations and peacebuilding processes.
This event is hosted by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security in partnership with the Berghof Foundation.