Gender & Peacebuilding

Men and women have different roles to play in conflict and peace processes because they are affected by conflict in differing ways. swisspeace promotes the view that the gender-specific dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding have to be taken into account in all peace processes; otherwise, these processes will lack substance and legitimacy, which may jeopardize their sustainability. This imperative is reflected in  UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) and follow-up Resolutions (1820, 1888, 1889 and 1960) on "Women, Peace and Security".

Latest Activities and Publications

25 - 29 January 2016

Gender Equality & Peacebuilding Course

swisspeace conducted the 5-day course on Gender Equality & Peacebuilding at the University of Basel. It aimed to answer the questions: How do protection initiatives contribute towards the exclusion of women? How do military institutions construct and codify hegemonic masculinity? Further information


Mandate for Search for Common Ground SFCG, 2016

Women’s inclusion in the Syrian Peace Process

swisspeace has conducted a research mandate to produce a base-line study commissioned by Search for Common Ground (SFCG).


swisspeace, UN Women, Gender and Development Initiative, 2015

Why Gender Matters in Conflict and Peace - Perspectives from Mon and Kayin States, Myanmar

Co-authored by Julia Palmiano-Federer. ISBN 978-1-63214-011-1. Link


Der Bund, 30 November 2015

«Ich dachte, das syrische Regime fällt bald»

Interview with Syrian human rights expert Laila Alodaat on the occasion of the event series "Women Peace Security - reloaded", which took place from 27-28 November 2015. Link 


27-28 November 2015

Panel Discussion and Symposium on Women, Peace and Security

Together with several partners, KOFF/swisspeace organised the event series "Women Peace Security - reloaded" including a panel and a symposium to critically reflect on the limits and (missed) opportunities of the UN agenda on Women, Peace and Security. Both events provided support for the preparation of the shadow report of the Swiss NAP on UNSCR 1325. Photos of the events