Women experience conflict differently to men, with its various and multiple implications, as refugees, internally displaced persons, combatants, victims of sexual violence, and political and peace activists. Their mobility and ability to protect themselves are often limited during and after conflict, while their ability to take part in peace processes is frequently restricted. But what is being done to change this? How can we better understand women’s roles and experiences, and what is being done to help protect and involve women in conflict zones?
The women, peace, and security agenda (WPS) is one such mission, consisting of eight United Nations Security Council resolutions that inject a gender perspective into various peace and security fora. This perspective calls for women’s participation in preventing armed conflict and in peacebuilding, as well as for the protection of women and girls in conflict. Discover more about the development of the WPS agenda, its development, resolutions, and progress – with the infographic below, with facts and analysis taken from the SIPRI Yearbook.
Featured image credit: The Life of Female Field Intelligence Combat Soldiers by Israel Defense Forces. CC-BY -SA-2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.