The PeaceWomen Themes Section is a tool to search data on PeaceWomen.org and the section can be navigated by theme and sub-theme. In the main theme section, all general and sub-theme data will appear. For more narrow searches, users can go directly to the sub-theme.
PeaceWomen has developed 14 main themes as a framework to organize our women, peace and security resources for ease of reference and understanding. The themes should not be seen as fixed or definitive. It should be noted that the themes and sub-themes are interlinked and often overlap.
The General Women, Peace and Security section includes four women, peace and security resolutions (SCR 1325; SCR 1820; SCR 1888; SCR 1889) and two sub-themes regarding implementation of each resolution: National (including National Action Plans) and United Nations.
Women's involvement and the mainstreaming of gender perspectives into conflict prevention processes are essential components towards durable peace, security and reconciliation. This includes the incorporation of gender-sensitive indicators into early warning systems and the strengthening of prevention strategies relating to violence against women.
Women's active and meaningful participation in all levels of decision-making processes are central aspects of the women, peace and security agenda and include participation in peace-process, politics and in leadership positions in the United Nations.
Strengthening and amplifying efforts to secure protection of women is critical to ensure women's and girls safety, physical and mental health, overall well-being, economic security and dignity. It involves the promotion and safeguarding of women's human rights, as well as incorporating gender perspective into legal and institutional reforms.
Women's representation and participation, and the inclusion of gender perspective and issues in Peace Processes, are cornerstones of a women, peace and security-centered agenda. Women's Civil Society also plays a critical role in organizing and advocating for Peace and Peace Processes.
Women's equal participation in peacekeeping and gender training are critical to sustainable international peace and security. This ensures that peacekeepers actively promote and protect women's rights. In addition, accountability for sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers remains a threat for women in conflict and post-conflict countries.
Women in conflict and post-conflict countries face severe violations of both civil-political and socio-economic human rights. In protecting and promoting women's human rights, measures to prevent violations and provide appropriate redress must be strengthened as required under international human rights law.
Violence Against Women (VAW) is both a cause and a symptom of conflict. It is critical that violations, impunity and root causes are tackled in conflict and post-conflict countries.
The post-conflict phase of reconstruction and peacebuilding must include women's participation and the integration of gender into every aspect of institutional, justice, governance, security and development reform.
Mainstreaming gender perspectives in disarmament processes is important for improving the safety of women both during and after conflict, especially from small arms and landmines.
Refugee and internally displaced women and girls require protection and assistance in conflict and post-conflict countries. Women's needs, voices and rights should be included in the design and management of displaced persons camps.
Women must be included and gender perspectives must be mainstreamed in Disarmament, Demobilization, Repatriation, Resettlement and Reintegration (DDRRR) activities if they are to be efficient and equitable. Each DDRRR process has implications for women, whether they are ex-combatants, family of ex-combatants or members of the community.
Humanitarian assistance, protection and security for women and girls are essential components to fulfilling the needs and protecting the rights of women in conflict and post-conflict countries. Promoting women's equal access to aid distribution mechanisms and services, including those dealing with the specific needs of women and girls, are also essential in all relief recovery efforts.
Women have an increased risk of health threats and diseases when exposed to conflict Ensuring women and girls have access to health services is necessary to meet the basic needs of women in conflict and post-conflict countries. In addition, HIV/AIDS poses an increased risk to women in conflict, as well as threat to international stability and security.