New UN resolution on women's role in peace

Resolution 2122

Resolution 2122, unanimously adopted last Friday 18 October, puts in place a roadmap for "a more systematic approach to the implementation of commitments on women, peace and security". It highlights the critical importance of ­gender equality and women's empowerment to international peace and security.

» Read an article from The Guardian

» Read Resolution 2122

UN Women's reaction

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, head of UN Women, said "the historic resolution demonstrates the Security Council’s intention to put women’s leadership at the centre of all efforts to resolve conflict and promote peace. It answers the chorus of voices from the global women’s movement to focus on women’s roles as peace leaders. And it recognizes, loud and clear, that gender equality and the empowerment of women are critical to international peace and security". 

She also described the resolution as “an extraordinary addition to our ever-evolving global norms, [pushing] the normative envelope with new language on the need for the full range of sexual and reproductive health care services for women made pregnant due to conflict-related rape, without discrimination, and on women’s vulnerability in displacement being aggravated by prior unequal citizenship rights, gender-biased application of asylum laws, and lack of identity documents."

» Read the full statement