New report on EU’s work on Women, Peace and Security

How does the EU work with women’s security and participation in civilian crisis management? In a new report, the FBA studies the EU’s work in Georgia, the Palestinian Territories and Kosovo. The results show that in spite of political decisions to include women’s rights and to integrate a gender perspective in the work for sustainable peace, much more need to happen in practice.

Download the report "Gender, Peace and Security in EU Field Missions" here.

The report suggests that it is time for a more strategic approach, supported by the highest decision making levels in crisis management. While there are important efforts being made by the Gender Adviser and by individual personnel, a great deal of work still remains to be done in order to realize the EU’s own decisions in this area.

Notably, these efforts need to be led by both the EU’s Headquarters and by the missions’ leadership. Concrete objectives should be formulated on the strategic level for each CSDP mission. Accountability and progress need to be followed up in regular reports. Information collected must be able to show how both men and women are involved and how they are affected by the work that the EU undertakes in the field. Only then can the EU help create a peace that benefits both men and women more equally. 



The report was released in connection with the 2014 SIPRI Stockholm Forum on Security and Development. The theme of this year’s forum was freedom from violence. Read the executive summary here.

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Putting Civilians First: NGO Perceptions and Expectations of UN Peacekeeping

NGOs and UN peacekeeping operations increasingly operate in a shared domain. NGOs commonly rely – at least partly – on UN peacekeepers for access and security, but they also express concerns about this. Yet remarkably little is known about what are their main concerns and how widespread they are. Even more importantly, what can be done to address them? This FBA Brief, written by members of one of the FBA’s research working groups, examines the answers to those questions.

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  • Posted by Andreas Berg

    Back ‘home’ in Kosovo and remembering old lessons

    The distinct smell of coal dust creeps into your nose as soon as you step off the plane in Pristina, a strange and familiar welcome back greeting for those of us intimate with this small corner of Europe. I felt it again in November 2017 when I came to Kosovo for a few days of visiting old friends and colleagues. For anyone with strong memories of living in a foreign country, you will remember the joys ... Read entire post »

    2017-12-13 11:21
  • Posted by Sabrina Karim

    Liberia after Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

    On November 8 2005, Liberians elected Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to be the first female president of an African country. She made history that day and she oversaw fourteen years of peace in a country that had experienced two decades of devastating armed conflict. In 2011, she was re-elected and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Her fame and legacy has brought widespread international attention onto Liberia.

    On October 10, 2017, Liberians will go to the polls for the ... Read entire post »

    2017-10-06 15:28
  • Posted by Maja Jakobsson

    Strengthening forces for peace through experience-sharing

    The security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated as of late, with the highest number of conflict-related civilian casualties in 2016 since 2009. The efforts for a formal and sustainable peace process are insufficient and face numerous obstacles. Violent battles between government and Taliban forces have resulted in new districts falling under Taliban power. Attacks by other groups, loyal to the Islamic State, are increasing in numbers.

    Despite this, there are still strong forces for peace in Afghanistan. ... Read entire post »

    2017-09-21 16:18
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