IPTI a partner of UN Women’s programme “Enhancing Women’s Leadership in the MENA Region”
Over the next three years (36 months over four calendar years), IPTI will partly implement UN Women’s programme “Enhancing Women’s Leadership for Sustainable Peace in Fragile Contexts in the MENA Region” through a USD 1.4 million project.
The UN Women programme will contribute to sustainable peace in the MENA region by strengthening the political participation and influence of women in high-level peace and transition processes, implementing the relevant mediation and peace process related recommendations of the Global Study (2015) on implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000).
IPTI will contribute to the programme by generating evidence-based knowledge, which it will provide to women, and to key actors, including to all relevant stakeholders and supporters to peace processes in Syria and Yemen, as well as in Iraq, Libya, and in other areas. IPTI's research for the Global Study on the implementation of resolution 1325 highlighted the links that exist between women’s meaningful inclusion in peace processes and the likelihood of more durable and stable peace.
IPTI’s analysis of 40 peace processes since 1989 shows that in cases where women’s groups were able to exercise strong influence on the negotiation process, chances were higher that an agreement would be reached than when women’s groups exercised weak or no influence. Strong influence of women in negotiation processes also positively correlated with a greater likelihood of agreements being implemented.
Yet, remaining obstacles continue to prevent sufficient and meaningful participation of women in peacemaking. More research needs to be done to develop more standard practices on women’s inclusion in peace processes. There is a shortage of practically useful accessible evidence-based expertise on what works and what does not work with regard to participation and inclusion in peace and transition processes. IPTI aims to fill this gap by distilling its existing research, generating new research, and providing evidence-based comparative expertise and advice on inclusion and participation in peace and transition processes.
Ensuring that women are able to meaningfully influence peace processes is proving critical for the effectiveness of peace and security initiatives. To this end, it is crucial to shift the focus from normative declarations and simple skills-oriented capacity building, to more strategic and operational interventions in support of women for their increased influence in inclusive peace processes.
Building on these key findings of the Global Study, IPTI will contribute to enhancing the knowledge and capacities of women and key actors engaging in peace processes, including UN agencies, international non-governmental organizations, as well as mediators, their teams, technical experts, and “gatekeepers” in line with Security Council resolution 2242 (2015) on women, peace and security.