Monash GPS signs the Generation Equality Compact on Women, Peace, and Security and Humanitarian Action

Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre is delighted to sign the Generation Equality Compact on Women, Peace, and Security and Humanitarian Action (WPS-HA).

The Compact was adopted as part of the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) to advocate for peace and security and humanitarian processes to immediately and meaningfully include women and girls in the decisions that affect their lives.

Professor Jacqui True, the Director of Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre, has called the Compact “a critical collective call to action encompassing all actors who seeking gender-equal, just and lasting peace.”

Designed to respond to gaps in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), the Compact is an inter-generational and inclusive framework across five thematic areas:

  • Financing the WPS Agenda and gender equality in humanitarian programming
  • Women’s full, equal, and meaningful participation and the inclusion of gender-related provisions in peace processes
  • Women’s economic security, access to resources, and other essential services
  • Women’s leadership and full, equal, and meaningful participation across peace, security, and humanitarian sectors
  • Protecting and promoting women’s human rights in conflict and crisis contexts

Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre is delighted to stand alongside UN Entities and Member States, regional organisations, civil society organisations, private sector actors, and other academic institutions in signing the Compact and committing to ten actions across four thematic areas of the Framework which will:

  • Prioritise funding for doctoral research programmes in its research projects on topics relevant to the intersection of the WPS/YPS agendas and gender equality in Humanitarian Action
  • Produce quality empirical research on gender and peace mediation to and develop policy recommendations on the impact of women’s meaningful participation in peace processes
  • Develop partnerships with local mediators and peace researchers to rethink the peace table and co-create strategies on transforming mediation design and practice to be more inclusive and gender-responsive
  • Produce research on the implementation of gender-provisions in peace agreements
  • Fosters strong relationships with research partners in the Asia-Pacific region, including through the allocation of funding to support local researchers and civil society organisations
  • Expand the evidence base on the distribution and impact of donor aid on the implementation of gender-sensitive provisions in peace agreements.
  • Expand the evidence base on the challenges and the opportunities in transition from conflict for gender-sensitive economic reform, taking women’s post-conflict agency and potential seriously
  • Invest in quantitative and qualitative research on the ways misogyny and hostile beliefs are fuelling violent extremism in the Southeast Asian region in the context of COVID-19 to inform prevention strategies.
  • Invest in increased knowledge generation with activist, research and policy communities from Asia and the Pacific to imagine and co-create regenerative strategies to mitigate gendered harm through social reproduction
  • Facilitate the mutual exchange of knowledge between academic and practice-based audiences and between Australian and Afghan students on the role of women, human rights and gender equality issues in the Afghan peace process

Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre looks forward to endorsing the objectives of the Compact. In addition, we encourage and support other academic institutions, particularly from conflict and crisis-affected communities, to review the Compact Framework and register as signatories.