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Women's participation in political processes

Infographic showing women's low participation in peace processes
Women's low participation in peace processes. Source: UN; Graphic: SIPRI

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security represents commitments by states to increase women’s participation in UN peace and security efforts, including peacekeeping operations, conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction. From a rights perspective, women’s participation requires no justification: women and men are entitled to the same level of inclusion. However, a common notion is that women bring different perspectives to policymaking than their male counterparts. The recent literature on women’s impact on political processes finds mixed results on these effects.  

SIPRI’s research uses a systematic approach to review the breadth of studies on this topic and assess the impact of women’s participation, both in formal and informal political spheres. In addition, the project yields a critical overview of different studies’ methodological approaches in order to improve methods for measuring the impact of women’s participation in political processes.

Research staff

Emma Bjertén-Günther is a Researcher within the SIPRI Peace and Development Programme.
Yeonju Jung is a Research Assistant with the SIPRI Peace and Development Programme.