In Pursuit of Peace and Security: How Gender Makes a Difference

Published: November 11, 2015; 15:00 · (FriedlNews)

Why is it important to include a gender perspective in peace processes and why does it matter if women are involved? These are issues that will be in focus at an OSCE Security Days event in Vienna on Friday, 13 November, which will explore the gender perspective of crisis prevention, conflict management and post-conflict rehabilitation.

How Gender Makes a Difference / Picture: © Wikipedia / Zaccarias

Gender equality, also known as sex equality, gender egalitarianism, sexual equality or equality of the genders, is the view that men and women should receive equal treatment, and should not be discriminated against based on gender.

This is the objective of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which seeks to create equality in law and in social situations, such as in democratic activities and securing equal pay for equal work.

Applying a gender perspective in peace-building in focus at next OSCE Security Days event in Vienna on Friday. The event, “In Pursuit of Peace and Security: How Gender Makes a Difference”, commemorates the 15th anniversary of the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

It will examine how the OSCE can build on the recommendations from a UN-led Global Study, published in October 2015, on implementing Resolution 1325.

In this context a range of issues will be raised such as women in mediation and reconciliation processes, countering violent extremism and gender mainstreaming in security sector institutions.

The conference will gather officials from national governments, parliamentarians, civil society leaders, representatives of international and regional organizations as well as academics from OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation to brainstorm on how to strengthen women’s participation in conflict resolution and peace-building.

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