Women, Peace and Security

United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) was adopted unanimously in October 2000. It was the first formal document from the Security Council that required the parties to a conflict to respect women's rights and to support their participation in peace negotiations and in post-conflict reconstruction. Several other resolutions followed on women, peace and security.

In 2006 the very first Swedish national action plan on UNSCR 1325 was adopted. This has since been updated several times. According to the plan Sweden is committed to supporting women’s participation on issues to do with peace and security and is pledged both to protect their rights in times of conflict and to work to integrate a gender perspective in peace and humanitarian missions.

What does the FBA do?

  • Policy, research and development
    The FBA supports international research on women, peace and security. The FBA has also completed a study on how UNSCR 1325 is being implemented in the EU missions EUMM in Georgia and EUPOL COPPS in Palestine, and a study on gender policy in all EU field missions.

  • Training
    The FBA aims at integrating a gender perspective in all courses and exercises. The FBA also offers a specialized course for gender advisers in international peace missions. In addition to that, the FBA regularly conducts gender mainstreaming workshops for personnel in the field in international missions, and the agency has produced a training manual for a gender perspective in EU field missions.

  • International work
    As part of Sweden’s international development cooperation, FBA has the mission to work with women, peace and security in a number of countries. The FBA also seconds Swedish gender advisers and gender experts to international peace missions. Please see the map about our international projects.

  • Cooperation
    FBA has a close cooperation regarding women, peace and security with the Swedish Armed Forces, the Swedish Police, and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB).


Intensified support to the peace process in Mali

The peace process in Mali is fragile and the security situation remains difficult in large parts of the country, not the least for women. FBA supports Mali’s newly-established regional dialogue and mediation teams, and offers gender mainstreaming training for key state officials involved in the peace process.

2019-04-24 10:41

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Community-Based Reintegration Support in Eastern DRC

Since the mid-1990s, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been plagued by a nearly unbroken series of interrelated conflicts. Over time, conflicts in eastern DRC have evolved from large-scale interstate wars to predominately local conflict. Ongoing approaches to disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) in the region have not co-evolved to suit the current context of local conflict dynamics.




  • Posted by Susanna Rudehill

    Are we making the link between peace and gender equality in Mali?

    We are approaching the twentieth anniversary of resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. This groundbreaking resolution was unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council, the highest decision-making body on international peace and security, in 2000. It recognizes the specific needs of women and girls in crisis situations and the key role women can play for peace in their countries.

    The resolution is based on the simple conclusion that peace is not possible without the involvement of ... Read entire post »

    2019-06-13 14:43
  • Posted by Anna Möller-Loswick

    “If men are better mediators, why is there always chaos in our countries?”

    At the beginning of May, I arrived in Oslo to attend this year’s annual meeting for the Nordic Women Mediators Network (NWM). The NWM consists of five Nordic networks of women with significant experience and expertise relevant to conflict mediation, peacebuilding and negotiations. The NWM meets at least once a year to share experiences and explore avenues for collaboration to promote women’s role in peace processes.

    This year, the Norwegian network hosted the annual NWM meeting, which ... Read entire post »

    2019-06-05 10:25
  • Posted by Juliana Huus

    In Liberia, security is everybody’s business

    According to the FBA’s definition, security sector reform (SSR) is a concept that frames technical reforms within a political process.

    I think back two weeks to when I was in Liberia, reciting the for me now very familiar but abstract above sentence. The participants in the room, 16 program officers from the Liberian National Security Council Secretariat, were repeating this sentence with me in unison.

    For the past four days, we had tried to unpack this sentence in ... Read entire post »

    2019-04-26 16:08

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