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. Eight 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.

UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on youth, peace and security was adopted in December 2015, followed by Resolution 2419 three years later. The two resolutions 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?

  • Training and advice
    FBA offers training and advice on women, peace and security and youth, peace and security.

  • 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.

  • 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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