Research from Edinburgh Law School informs United Nations peace report

United Nations' efforts to include women in peace negotiations have had limited success, Global Justice Academy research shows.

The findings of the Political Settlements Research Programme are contributing to a review of the UN Security Council’s resolution on women, peace and security (Resolution 1325) which was first passed in 2000. The review has been championed by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Research undertaken under the auspices of the Academy has shown that the introduction of Resolution 1325 has led to a greater inclusion of women in peace negotiations, with an increase in references to women increasing from 11 to 27 per cent following the agreement. However, researchers maintain that this inclusion is not sufficient and that there is much room for improvement.

Edinburgh Law School’s Professor Christine Bell, Director of Global Justice Academy, has commented: “Our research shows that concerted action to include women works, but needs to be built on. It is important that international political will and commitment to implement now ensures that women are more centrally involved in international peacemaking efforts. We are very pleased that our collaborative research was able to contribute to the thinking of the UN”.

The University of Edinburgh is the leading member of the Political Settlement Research Programme consortium, funded by the UK Department of International Development (DFID).

To learn more about the research findings, visit the Global Justice Academy website.