Transforming power to put women at the heart of peacebuilding

A collection of regional-focused essays on feminist peace and security

Publication date: 20 September 2020
Authors: Fionna Smyth, Amina Hersi, Abigael Baldoumus, Anna Tonelli, Helen Khezi-Nwoha, Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls, Alisia Evans, Paula Banerjee, Zeynep Kaya

The twentieth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) is in October 2020. It is a landmark resolution on women’s role in peacebuilding, but progress on women’s rights and leadership in peace and security decision making continues to fall short.

This discussion paper brings together three regional essays commissioned to explore what needs to happen. What needs to happen to ‘transform power’ to women and communities most affected by crises and conflict so that they shape the decisions that affect their lives? What would a feminist peace and security agenda look like? The essays illustrate how transformative change rarely comes from within the system; rather, it often comes from outside: from disruption by protest, and from women’s, youth, local and grassroots movements.