The Women, Peace and Security: Pillars for Peace paper has been published as part of The LEAP4Peace Consortium, a five-year project run by a consortium consisting of the Burundi Leadership Training Program (BLTP), the Gender Equality Network Myanmar (GEN), Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) and the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD).
The paper draws on the wide range of experiences of women in seven countries – Burundi, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Myanmar, and Uganda – working on peacebuilding and meaningful participation in peace processes and democracy. The paper is based on individual country reports from each country, which used case studies and desk-based analysis on women’s political participation. It examines the varied roles of women politicians, women activists, women’s rights organisations and women-led civil society organisations in peacebuilding and in implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security. The paper highlights the successes, challenges and recommendations for the global community to ensure that women can be represented and contribute to local, national and international peace efforts. As we launch this paper during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence in 2021, it continues to be crucial to support women’s rights activists, reduce all forms of violence and make the links between Women Peace and Security and Gender-Based Violence.