To feel “safe” is the most basic of human desires, none more so than for many women.
1 in 3 women will experience violent abuse in their lifetimes. That’s over 700 million women. A woman should feel safe, particularly in her own home. Gender based violence is not just a moral outrage it also stunts economic growth and can result in a drop of as much as 1.5% to 3% in GDP.
In war and conflict situations the level of violence increases. To successfully address peace and security the goal must be to insist that women are not only part of the conversation but are the pillars of peace agreements. They must know their rights, which laws can be enforced and how they are able to access their voice. Increasing funding to targeted peace-building for women is essential and urgent if communities are to thrive and live in safety.
Women are vital in the transitioning of countries from war to peace, they offer a unique perspective that allows for greater compromise and practical solutions. For decades women have been at the forefront of working with local governments to implement change. Whether in Bosnia, South Africa, Liberia, Columbia or Syria women have been leaders and frontline activists in non-violent struggles for peace and justice.
"Sixteen years since the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000 the women, peace and security agenda remains relevant and critical in the face of rising violence, extremism and deadly conflicts... when women are included in peace processes, there is a 20% increase in the probability of and agreement lasting at least 2 years, and and 35% increase in the the probability of it lasting 15 years" UN WOMEN - 2016