New UN-INSTRAW Guide on Women, Peace and Security
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 4:54 PM

Building Peace through Gender Equality

[Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic] To commemorate the International Day of Peace, September 21st 2006, the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) offers a new manual on how to create a successful action plan on women, peace and security.

Designed as a resource for governments, international and regional agencies and civil society organizations, the guide -"Securing Equality, Engendering Peace: A guide to policy and planning on women, peace and security"- provides good practices, specific recommendations and a practical six-step model process.

Six years ago, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security called for equal representation of women in all peace and security initiatives, among other things. An action plan can be a valuable way to effectively and sustainably implement this and other international mandates such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Platform for Action.

"This is not just for countries in armed conflict, but for any nation involved in post-conflict reconstruction or committing peacekeeping troops, such as the ones currently being deployed in Lebanon", pointed out Kristin Valasek, UN-INSTRAW Specialist in Gender, Peace and Security issues. "Without an action plan, initiatives on women, peace and security tend to be ad hoc, isolated and unsustainable", she added.

Since the adoption of Resolution 1325 by the Security Council in 2000, only four countries in the world have developed national action plans on women, peace and security. A few others have integrated these issues into their national policy and legislation. Still, women continue to be largely excluded from decision-making in the sphere of peace and security and from conflict resolution and peacebuilding processes.

With this how-to manual, based on existing experiences and lessons learned, UN-INSTRAW seeks to place women, peace and security as well as violence against women at the center of national and institutional security agendas.

"Recent conflicts show us that both concrete actions and strategic policies are needed in order to stop violence against women, ensure their security and prevent armed conflict", stressed UN-INSTRAW Director Carmen Moreno. "Though policy and planning may seem far removed from the realities of violence and insecurity, they aim to keep women and girls alive, healthy and free of fear", she continued.

To download the full document online, click here or visit UN-INSTRAW’s webpage ( Press contact:

Mr. Laurent Duvillier

Media & Communications Specialist

Tel: 809-685-2111 ext. 227


Published in: Press Release, Building Peace through Gender Equality New UN-INSTRAW Guide on Women, Peace and Security, UN-INSTRAW,  21 September 2006.