Women, Peace and Security

  • This is SCR's third Cross-Cutting Report on Women, Peace and Security, covering a thematic issue which has been on the agenda of the Security Council since 2000. This report analyses the country-specific decisions of the Security Council and developments in 2012, with a particular focus in the case study on the nexus between sexual violence in conflict and sanctions imposed by the Security Council.

  • April 2013

    Women, Peace and Security

    Monthly Forecast

    In April, the Council is expected to consider the Secretary-General’s report on sexual violence in conflict (S/2013/149) during an open debate, Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo is expected to preside. The Secretary-General and Zainab Bangura, the Special Representative on the issue will brief. Bangura is also likely to update the Council on her trip to the AU Summit in Addis Ababa in January which led to invitations for field visits to the Democratic Republic of Congo in late March and to Somalia in early April. 

  • Tomorrow morning (Friday, 11 January), the Council will be briefed by Margaret Vogt, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) via videoconference from Libreville, Gabon. Vogt is set to...

  • 25 October 2012

    Women, Peace and Security Debate

    What's in Blue

    The Council will hold its annual open debate on women, peace and security on Monday, 29 October.* As President of the Council for October, Guatemala has chosen the role of women’s civil society organisations and their contribution to the prevention...

  • October 2012

    Women, Peace and Security

    Monthly Forecast

    In late October the Council is due to hold its annual open debate on women, peace and security. The head of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, and the head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, are expected to brief along with civil society representatives. The Secretary-General may also address the Council. Guatemala, as president of the Council in October, plans to circulate a concept note ahead of the debate.

  • 17 May 2012

    Arria Meeting with Gender Advisers

    What's in Blue

    On Friday morning (18 May), Council members are set to meet with gender advisers from UN peacekeeping missions in a closed Arria format session. It is likely that a representative from DPKO will introduce the work of gender advisers involved...

  • 23 April 2012

    Briefing on Women, Peace and Security

    What's in Blue

    Tomorrow morning (24 April) Council members will be briefed on women, peace and security by the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, and the Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Hervé Ladsous. The public briefing will be followed by consultations. It...

  • 22 February 2012

    Debate on Women, Peace and Security

    What's in Blue

    Tomorrow (23 February) the Council will hold an open debate on Women, Peace and Security to consider the Secretary-General’s annual report (S/2012/33) on conflict-related sexual violence. Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on the issue, will brief together with the...

  • February 2012

    Women, Peace and Security

    Monthly Forecast

    In February the Council is expected to consider the Secretary-General's annual report (S/2012/33) on conflict-related sexual violence. Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General's Special Representative on the issue, will likely brief the Council. A debate, with a presidential statement or resolution as an outcome, is possible.

  • This is Security Council Report’s second Cross-Cutting Report on Women, Peace and Security. The first report examined the first ten years that women, peace and security was on the Security Council agenda. Resolution 1325, passed in 2000, recognised that civilians, especially women and children, make up the vast majority of people adversely affected by armed conflict and called for mainstreaming a gender perspective into peacekeeping operations. This report continues assessing the influence of resolution 1325, and subsequent related resolutions, on the work of the Council. As part of this analysis it reviews recent developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, particularly mass rape in the Walikale region, and considers the Council’s response as one example of its engagement with women, peace and security issues.

  • October 2011

    Women, Peace and Security

    Monthly Forecast

    In October the Council is due to hold its annual open debate on women, peace and security, with a focus on women's participation in conflict resolution. Head of UN Women Michelle Bachelet is expected to brief, along with representatives from the department of political affairs and the department of peacekeeping operations.

  • 27 October 2011

    Women, Peace and Security Debate

    What's in Blue

    Tomorrow (28 October) the Council will hold its annual debate on women, peace and security. Nigeria, Council president for November, chose “Women’s Participation and Role in Conflict Prevention and Mediation” as the theme of the debate. It circulated a concept...

  • 13 April 2011

    Insights on Women, Peace and Security

    What's in Blue

    Tomorrow (Thursday, 14 April) Margaret Wallström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, will brief the Council in a public meeting. This will be followed by informal consultations with Council members. Wallström is expected to focus...

  • 11 April 2011

    Insights on Women, Peace and Security

    What's in Blue

    The head of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, will brief Council members tomorrow (Tuesday, 12 April) during informal consultations. This will be her first briefing to the Council since she was appointed as Under Secretary-General for UN Women which was set...

  • April 2011

    Women, Peace and Security

    Monthly Forecast

    The head of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, will brief Council members on women’s participation in peace negotiations and peace agreements. Bachelet is expected to focus her briefing on two to three country-specific situations, rather than at a thematic level. This will be the first briefing by Bachelet since UN Women became operational in January.