The goal of the project is to understand the role that gender provisions in peace agreements play in shaping women’s participation in conflict-affected sites.
The project investigates how peace agreements can advance women’s rights and participation after conflict and during political transitions. Women’s participation in peace processes increases the likelihood of a successful peace agreement, but does it consolidate peace and lead to greater participation by women in the governance of the country?
We examine the relationship between women’s presence in the processes of peacemaking, the inclusion of women’s rights and gender provisions in peace agreements, and the outcomes for women’s participation in post-conflict governance of countries with successful peace agreements.
To investigate these questions, we examine 55 countries, 110 peace agreements, and conduct detailed research, including fieldwork, in 20 countries across Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East: Afghanistan, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine and Yemen.
Post-conflict and political transitions are major opportunities to advance women’s rights and participation: this project investigates how those opportunities can be harnessed and supported in implementation of peace agreements.