The WPS agenda

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, adopted in October 2000, is often identified as the cornerstone of the ‘Women, Peace and Security’ (WPS) agenda at the United Nations. Resn 1325 was the culmination of decades of activism and advocacy work by civil society organisations aimed at encouraging the United Nations to recognise the gendered impacts of armed conflict and the active roles played by both women and men in the pursuit of lasting and sustainable peace.

The WPS agenda ‘is predicated on the principle that effective incorporation of gender perspectives … can have a meaningful and positive impact on the lives of women, men, girls, and boys on the ground‘. As the agenda has progressed and developed, it has become common to speak of ‘three pillars’ of the WPS agenda: prevention (of violence and the derogation of rights); protection (from violence); and participation (in peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction). The WPSAC adds a fourth pillar: the political economy of peace and security (the structural conditions necessary for the creation of lasting and sustainable peace).

Other pages on this site provide links to published academic research on the WPS agenda, relevant academic and civil society organisations and scholars worldwide actively investigating issues relating to the WPS agenda.