Sub-outcome 1.1

Enhanced enabling conditions for equal and meaningful participation by women and girls in peace and security, including conflict prevention and resolution, peacebuilding, protection, relief, reconstruction and recovery

Sub-outcome 1.2

Women’s and diaspora organisations, human rights defenders and peace builders working for women’s rights and gender equality in conflict and post-conflict countries are supported in their efforts to participate meaningfully in peace and security processes

Sub-outcome 1.3

Peace processes are inclusive and bottom-up, and the resulting declarations and their implementation reflect the needs of everyone, including women and young people at local level

Women's fundamental right

The participation of women and girls in peace and security processes is a fundamental right and can never be taken for granted. Meaningful engagement of women and girls in all policy areas is their human right, and leads to more inclusive decision-making and to more sustainable peace and reconstruction. We support female leadership and the equal and meaningful participation of women in all their diversity, specifically of women human rights defenders and women peacebuilders. We combat barriers that make it harder for women and girls to participate. In the Netherlands, too, we eliminate the barriers to women’s participation in the development and implementation of national policies for equal opportunities and inclusive security. 

Learn more about the NAP1325 community's contributions to women's participation in peace and security processes here.

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Enhanced enabling conditions for equal and meaningful participation by women and girls in peace and security, including conflict prevention and resolution, peacebuilding, protection, relief, reconstruction and recovery

We work to eliminate barriers to women’s and girls’ meaningful participation in civilian and military missions and operations, as well as in Security Sector Reform and Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration. We facilitate exchanges between women’s groups and networks, and support women and girls with knowledge, capacity, resources, logistical assistance and safe spaces. We recognise the importance of socioeconomic empowerment of women and girls, access to education, mental healthcare and psychosocial support, and of sexual and reproductive health and rights, as enabling conditions for participation. We support and work with men and boys who are tackling unequal power relations, restrictive gender norms and other barriers to participation.

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Women’s and diaspora organisations, human rights defenders and peace builders working for women’s rights and gender equality in conflict and post-conflict countries are supported in their efforts to participate meaningfully in peace and security processes

Women’s organisations, (women) human rights defenders and peace builders have a frontline role in crisis response and peaceful transformations in conflict affected areas. However, they rarely have a formal presence in peace processes, and their operational space is increasingly restricted. Many are exposed to attacks, threats, defamation, harassment and gender based violence. We prioritise support and protection of women’s organisations, women human rights defenders and peace builders. We work together to identify their needs and appropriate response. We monitor, document, publicly report and call attention to their security situation and operational space in our diplomatic dialogue with governments, both national and international.

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Peace processes are inclusive and bottom-up, and the resulting declarations and their implementation reflect the needs of everyone, including women and young people at local level

Peace processes take place simultaneously at different levels: at community, local, national and international level. Coordination between these peace tracks is key but often lacking, and women, young people as well as other marginalised groups, have little or no direct access to national and international political decision making. We work to enhance coordination and cooperation at all these levels. We support peace initiatives of women’s and youth grassroots networks and link them to civil society organisations and (female) leaders in politics. We actively support information-sharing, consultation with, and the meaningful participation of local women leaders in national and international political peace processes.