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Women, Peace, & Security Index

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The Women, Peace, & Security (WPS) Index, compiled by Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, draws on recognized international data sources to rank 153 countries on the condition of women and their empowerment in homes, communities, and societies more broadly. While several indices focus more narrowly on indicators of inclusion, this is the first index to capture women’s inclusion, security, and access to justice in the context of the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda.

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Text and Context: Evaluating Peace Agreements for their ‘Gender Perspective’

As a predominant method of ending violent conflict, peace agreements have a significant impact on women’s lives. Christine Bell studies peace agreements drafted between 1990 and 2015 and produces data on when women have been specifically mentioned in these agreements. The data shows that while there has been an increase in the number of peace agreements that reference women and gender since United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security was created in 2000, very few of these agreements “provide evidence of a robust ‘gender perspective’ having been adopted.” Bell discusses the implications of this as well as other findings and provides recommendations for making progress on UNSCR 1325 and related resolutions. Read the full article here.

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Preventing Conflict, Transforming Justice, Securing the Peace: A Global Study on the Implementation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325

This study examines the execution of United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security, as well as barriers to and priorities for its future implementation. Since it was passed in 2000, Resolution 1325 has contributed to the creation of additional protections for women in conflict, an increase in peace agreements that specifically reference women, and growth in the number of women in senior leadership at the UN. However, many of the improvements have been insufficient to address both ongoing needs and new threats to women’s rights. Detailed recommendations are provided for numerous issues, and a set of principles are proposed to guide global efforts toward continued implementation of the resolution. The study concludes with a call to view all these efforts through the lens of women in specific conflicts, and for the UN to take the lead in promoting global peace. Read the full article here.

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