Toward inclusive peace: gender provisions in peace agreements

This three year research project, funded through the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Project Scheme will investigate how peace agreements can advance women’s rights and participation after post-conflict and political transitions.

This project examines 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. 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.

Important new findings will be generated on the impact of gender provisions of peace agreements on women’s participation in key areas of high relevance for Australian national interests in promoting global stability and peace.

Through the partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade we have the opportunity to utilise in-depth case studies to support and engage consular delivery of assistance in aid programs in fragile and conflict affected states, as well as inform targeted aid delivery that supports women’s voice, agency and leadership.

This research relates directly to Australia’s obligations under the United Nations security council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The project outcomes will help to implement the government’s international commitments under the Australian National Action plan on Women, Peace and Security, to promote the participation of women in peace and security, the protection of women’s human rights in conflict-affected settings, and women’s roles in the prevention of conflict and violence.

Chief Investigators Professor Jacqui TrueDr Katrina Lee-Koo, Dr Sara Davies, Dr Nicole George

Partner Investigators Dr Barbara King, Ms Sally Moyle

Funder Australian Research Council Linkage Project Scheme

Other Partners Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Date of Award 2016