Women, Peace and Security

The goal of the Global Peace Operations Review is to provide the most comprehensive overview of multilateral contributions to peacekeeping, conflict prevention, and post-conflict peacebuilding. In doing this, our objective is to take an integrated approach to the women, peace, and security agenda.

Collected below are some recent commentaries, essays, and interview of special relevance covering the areas of gender, parity, sexual violence, women envoys, peacebuilding, and participation in peace operations.

Readers interested in this subject area might also consult GPOR's related publications library to download Louise Olsson's paper Leading the Way to a More Equal Peace: Senior Management and Gender Mainstreaming, the Lessons from Multilateral Envoys essay collection, the Report of an Independent Review on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by International Peacekeeping Forces in the Central African Republic entitled Taking Action on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Peacekeepers, Implementation of Landmark Text on Women, Peace, Security Agenda (UN Resolution 2242), Global Study on the Implementation of UNSC Resolution 1325, UN Women's Women’s Participation in Peace Negotiations: Connections between Presence and Influence, and the landmark The Role of Women in Peace Conflict (UNSC Resolution 1325).

We would like to grow our collections of works in this subject area and submissions to GPOR are welcomed. Guidelines for authors can be found here. Additions to the GPOR related publications library would also be welcomed. Please contact the editor-in-chief with your suggestions.

Peacekeeping and the WPS agenda: ‘less talk and more action’ |

Leanne Smith

In the Security Council debate around Resolution 2242 in 2015—which marked 15 years since the adoption of the ground breaking Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS)—a key refrain was: ‘we’ve been paying lip service to the importance of this issue for 15 years. It’s now time for less talk and more action’. | Read More

Fixing UN Peacekeeping Operations: The World's Most Complicated Army |

Barbara Crossette

It has been almost a year since a sweeping assessment of United Nations peacekeeping operations by experts recommended significant changes from top to bottom: a reformed hierarchy in New York and greater coordination and discipline among military contingents in ever-more dangerous missions around the world. Few of their substantive ideas have been adopted. | Read More

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Here's how to End UN Peacekeeping's History of Sexual Violence |

Jeni Whalan

After years of moral outrage and stern official rhetoric, the odious scandal of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers of the vulnerable people they are sent to protect may finally attract tangible penalties for the organisation. | Read More


Louise Olsson: We Need to Push for a More Gender-Equal Peace |

Louise Olsson

The women, peace, and security agenda is often treated as one coherent process when in it is a myriad of questions and challenges each demanding different responses. The Folke Bernadotte Academy’s Louise Olsson is the co-editor a book entitled Gender, Peace and Security: Implementing UN Security Council resolution 1325.| Read More

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Women in Peace Operations: The Unsung Champions of Human Rights |

Liezelle Kumalo and Riana Paneras

On 21 March 2016, South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day, commemorating the 1960 shooting of police upon peaceful protestors, which killed 69 people. This year, reflecting on the role of police in relation to human rights seems more relevant than ever given that the African Union (AU) dedicated 2016 to human rights, with a specific focus on the rights of women. | Read More

Marching in New York City for gender equality. © UN Women/J Carrier

Is the UN really moving toward gender equality? |

Ourania S. Yancopoulos

The United Nation’s founding charter highlights not only the mission “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” but “to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights” - specifically, “in the equal rights of men and women.” | Read More

© UN Photo/Rick Bajornas | Susan Malcorra (left), outgoing Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary-General, pays a farewell call on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 25 November 2015. Of the six female USG's who retired this year, all were replaced by men.

The Lost Agenda: Gender Parity in Senior UN Appointments |

Karin Landgren

As the clamour grows for a woman to be chosen as the next Secretary-General, other high-level staff appointments have been quietly but steadily defying the UN's longstanding goal of gender parity. | Read More

them_essay_n_gordon_profiles_bineta_diop_300x200Meet the Envoys: Trends in Envoy Profiles and Appointments |

Nora Gordon

Since the first UN mediator, Count Folke Bernadotte, was appointed in 1948 to serve as UN Mediator in Palestine, multilateral institutions have increasingly deployed envoys to mediate conflicts between and within countries, and more recently conflicts involving non-state actors. | Read More


The Practical is the Political: The UN's Global Study on Women, Peace and Security |

Rob Jenkins

Weighing in at just under five pounds, the 417-page Global Study on the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, released last month, is nothing if not ambitious. Its expansive subtitle – “Preventing Conflict, Transforming Justice, Securing Peace” – correctly hints at the study’s broad thematic scope.| Read More


Missed Opportunities: Gender and the UN's Peacebuilding and Peace Operations Reports |

Anne-Marie Goetz and Rob Jenkins

Gender issues are now a regular feature of the international community’s approach to promoting peace and security. Two high-profile reports recently issued by the UN – on peace operations and the organization’s peacebuilding architecture – include significant content on the role that women play in war and its aftermath. | Read More