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4 November 2019

#GPW19: Increasing Women’s Participation in United Nations Peace Operations

The United Nations has set a target for women to make up 20% of police contributions and 15% of military contributions to peace operations by 2020. However, in 2019 the proportion of female police and military peacekeepers remains well below target, with 4.7% for military personnel and 14.5% for police personnel.

At present, there is a lack of solid and widely shared evidence of what constitute the barriers to women’s participation in UN peace operations, leaving the UN and its Member States to largely rely on anecdotal evidence or individual testimonies in decision-making and policy development to increase women’s participation. Following the publication of the Baseline Study in 2018 that identifies a set of barriers to women’s participation in peace operations, DCAF, together with Cornell University and local partners in eight different countries, has developed and implemented the Measuring Opportunities for Women in Peace Operations (MOWIP) barrier assessment methodology.

This session will discuss how the MOWIP barrier assessment methodology enables States to assess each of the 10 identified barriers to the deployment of women to UN peace operations and to highlight good practices within their own security institutions.


4 November 2019

4:00 pm – 5.30 pm

GCSP Conference Room 1

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Peacekeeping occurs in many different contexts and cuts across disciplines and sectors. Geneva Peace Week 2019 breaks down silos by offering more than 70 different events to foster meaningful collaboration and explore creative responses to violence, exclusion, and insecurity. DCAF is co-organizing five events during Geneva Peace Week 2019 with a range of partner organizations drawn from International Geneva.