Women, peace and security

The UN Security Council has repeatedly stated that the needs of women must always be considered in times of conflict, as well as women’s right to equal participation in all efforts for peace.

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 was adopted unanimously in October 2000. It was the first formal document from the Security Council on women, peace and security. Some ten other resolutions have followed. These resolutions now make up the international women, peace and security agenda.

The agenda states that women, who make up half of the world’s population, have the right to participate actively in efforts for peace. Gender-based and sexual violence in times of conflict must be mitigated, and women’s rights protected. All international efforts for peace must have a gender equality perspective.

FBA is Sweden’s expert agency for the implementation of the agenda for women, peace and security.

What does the FBA do?

  • Training and advice 
    FBA offers training and advice on women, peace and security. FBA’s Gender-Responsive Leadership Initiative is designed to support leaders and managers within organizations such as the EU, UN, ECOWAS, OSCE and the African Union to fulfill their central role in enabling gender equal peace, security and development work.

  • Research
    FBA conducts and supports international research on women, peace and security and youth, peace and security.

  • Secondments 
    FBA seconds personnel working mainly within the field of women, peace and security to international peace operations that Sweden contributes to, led by the EU, UN and OSCE. Click here to see a map of where our personnel is currently deployed.

  • Our partner countries 
    Within the framework of Sweden’s international development aid, FBA carries out projects concerning women, peace and security and youth, peace and security. Click here to read more about the countries where we work.

In 2020, we were tasked by the Swedish Government to establish a scholarship aimed at supporting the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on women, peace and security. 

Scholarship in support of women, peace and security in memory of Zaida Catalán.

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