Women have voice and power to be agents of change–to be Peace Women! The Women, Peace and Security Agenda has transformative potential. It is a tool for moving from conflict and violence to peace, from exclusive to democratic decision-making, and from gender inequality to gender justice. Women’s agency, voice, and capacities, and a real gender perspective are critical to local dialogues, better policies and more equitable peace deals.
The Women, Peace and Security Agenda is now recognised internationally, but there are still challenges. To realise its transformative potential, it is time to move from commitments to accomplishments. Governments, the United Nations, civil society, the private sector, and other actors must implement commitments across all thematic areas. Ensuring a gender perspective and women’s participation, protection, and rights is critical, including in prevention and disarmament, protection in displacement settings, peacekeeping, policy-making, and reconstruction. Action is critical now to build a sustainable and peaceful world for all of us.