Women, Peace and Security and Youth, 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. The UN Security Council has also recognized youth as important actors for sustained peace and security.

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. This year, we highlight the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

UN Security Council Resolution 2250 was adopted in December 2015, later followed by other resolutions on youth, peace and security. These resolutions together constitute the centerpieces of the international youth, peace and security agenda.

The agenda states that young women and men aged 18–29, who make up a large part of the world’s population, are important actors in peacebuilding at all levels of society. They have a right to meaningful participation and their needs must be protected in times of conflict.


What does the FBA do?

  • Support to civil society
    FBA grants yearly funds to Swedish civil society organizations working to promote dialogue and debate and to spread knowledge about peace and security related issues, for example issues concerning women, peace and security and youth, peace and security.

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  • Posted by Minna Naucler

    ‘Defund the police’ and reforming the security sector

    In the midst of the pandemic, riots and unrest continues in the US over the recent cases of police brutality that resulted in the deaths of several African American individuals. While the Black Lives Matter movement continues to draw attention to the structural racism and inequalities of the American society, one of the slogans of the movement is ‘defund the police’ – seemingly meaning to disband or even abolish the police and give their funding to… ... Read entire post »

    2020-09-30 12:26
  • Posted by Rhodri Williams

    Civil society as a critical partner: rule of law and accountability in the Liberian COVID response

    The rule of law is broadly recognized as necessary for good governance, peace and security. The UN 2030 Agenda recognizes this dynamic in all countries, rich or poor. However, the impact of the rule of law – or its absence – is most strongly felt in countries struggling with conflict and crisis.

    As part of its work in Liberia, the FBA has supported local partners to apply rule of law principles in public administration. This reflects a ... Read entire post »

    2020-09-14 10:34
  • Posted by Andreas Berg

    There and back again – the unexpected journeys of year COVID

    What is the last ‘normal’ thing you remember doing? In the extreme year of 2020, many of us have asked this question, trying to remember the last event or activity where we blissfully, innocently, spent time in public spaces without caution, moving through crowds, kissing cheeks, and sharing food in a way that now feels reckless or at least decadent and daring. For me the answer would probably be attending a wine festival in Kyiv in ... Read entire post »

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