Women's Participation and Leadership in Conflict Situations and Peace Building: Challenges and the way forward

Conference on 10 years of the UN-Security Council Resolution 1325 20. Oktober 2010 | 8.30 – 16.30 | Diplomatic Academy of Vienna | Favoritenstraße 15a | 1040 Vienna

The conference will put the light on the importance to include women in conflict
prevention, conflict resolution and peace building; and will provide ample
opportunity to share experiences among development practitioners and policy
The conference intends to discuss the key questions:

  • What are the experiences of women working in conflict situations?
  • How can women's participation be assured from grassroots to national, and international political level?
  • How can women's leadership evolve in peace processes and reconstruction efforts?

The participants of the conference will generate key recommendations
concerning women's participation and leadership for peace and security.


Please register: VIDC, Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and
Cooperation, seewald[at]vidc.org







The UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security and its successor resolutions build on two pillars: the recognition of violence against women in situations of armed conflict and beyond and measures for prevention of violence, and the importance of the inclusion of women in conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peace building. Whereas the first pillar has received ample attention, the second pillar is still lacking an analysis of approaches, experiences, and policyrelevant demands. Until now, conflict settlement and peace building have mostly been a male affair and women have been widely sidelined. In many countries however, women were actively and successfully involved in peace building, but could not maintain their leadership role in the long run.

The concept of participation has a long history in development thinking, but much less in peace studies and security policies. Two meanings have been attributed to the concept, on the one hand legitimizing development programmes and on the other hand a more radical approach, which focuses on social transformation. The question whether the demand for including women in
conflict prevention and resolution and peace building follows the course of legitimization of peace settlements through women, or whether the inclusion of women transforms peace settlements and societal reconstruction on the basis of women’s human rights is a key objective raised by the conference.
What are the experiences of women and women’s organizations in pre-conflict situations or situations of fragility? How did women as drivers for peace act in order to prevent outbreaks of violent conflicts? What are the impediments women have experienced when engaging for peace?
How did women’s leadership evolve in peace processes and what strategies are used? Who supports those leaders and legitimizes their voice? Which alliances, also with men, are important for ending armed conflict and achieving sustainable peace?


Conference in cooperation with the Austrian Development Agency, Care Austria and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut for Human Rights.