Women, peace and security
Reinterpreting security as human security
In many societies today, security policy revolves around militarisation, violence and weaponisation. This is seen as the only way to achieve peace and security.
At Kvinna till Kvinna, we believe in a broader interpretation of security as human security, a concept endorsed by the United Nations as early as 1994. Human security revolves around respect for human rights and safety. It focuses on treating the underlying causes of conflict, to avoid the horror of war. Human security calls for the equal participation of all genders in peace processes.
Women’s role in peace processes
Today however, women continue to be excluded from peace negotiations. That means half the population goes unheard before efforts to rebuild war-torn countries have even begun.
This happens in spite of research findings showing how important equal participation is. When women take part in peace talks, peace agreements are more likely to address inequality and more likely to be implemented. This results in fairer and safer societies for all of us.
The international community too has confirmed how crucial women’s participation is for peace processes is. Since 2000, the UN Security Council has approved a range of resolutions on the topic – starting with the groundbreaking resolution 1325.