Research Report: "DO OUR VOICES MATTER?" An Analysis of Women Civil Society Representatives' Meaningful Participation at the UN Security Council

This Oxfam International research report analyses the slow pace of change in and from the UN Security Council on upholding its role in implementing the WPS agenda. This includes an ongoing reluctance to recognize the importance of regularly hearing diverse women’s perspectives in country-specific briefings, meaningfully advancing women’s perspectives through actionable commitments, and growing concern that when women do brief, it has become a box-checking exercise. For women’s participation to be ‘meaningful,’ it requires not only including women from civil society in formal Council processes, but also allowing these processes and their outcomes to be shaped by the views of women civil society in all their diversity.