NATO and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda
The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda was formally introduced by UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000. This was the first effort to link women to the peace and security processes, including affirming their central role in prevention and resolution of conflicts. Resolution 1325 stressed the importance of equal participation, urging states to ensure women are given an opportunity for full involvement in peacebuilding, security and policing. It also called on all parties to protect women and girls from sexual abuse during or in the aftermath of armed conflict, and address their special needs during repatriation, resettlement, and rehabilitation. While the WPS agenda was initially UN-led, since 2000, its relevance to achieving sustainable peace has gradually been acknowledged by a number of international organizations, including NATO.
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* (back) Julia Rushchenko is an international consultant on gender mainstreaming in policing at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and was PfP Research Fellow at the NDC between May and October 2021.