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Text and context: Evaluating peace agreements for their ‘gender perspective’

Since 1990 peace agreements have grown in prominence as a tool to engage parties to a conflict, and UN Security Council Resolution 1325 calls for these agreements to adopt a ‘gender perspective. Christine Bell’s paper evaluates this aspect of SCR 1325 in part by examining the gender power relations that characterize the settlement. The paper also tallies all mentions of women in peace agreements from 1990-2015, finding very few examples of a robust ‘gender perspective’ and even fewer that implement it effectively. A series of recommendations are proposed to improve implementation of current UN resolutions, augment women’s participation in peace processes, enhance monitoring and enforcement, and ensure that the particularities of local women’s needs are addressed.   Read the full paper here.

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