Gender-based violence has enormous consequences, for victims, relatives and friends, and the whole of society. Sweden’s work against gender-based violence is conducted at many levels and with a range of different tools, both nationally and internationally.

More women – more peace. Studies show that the full and equal participation of women in peacebuilding processes contributes to better and more sustainable peace and security in society. On 12-14 December, Sweden invited women activists from all provinces in Afghanistan to participate in a training on dialogue and mediation skills in peace processes.

#MoreWomenMorePeace. This weekend marks the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. Emma Nilenfors, 1325-coordinator at the Swedish MFA highlighs something we’ve known for some time but is still not a reality: when women are included in peace processes, it contributes to a peace agreement being signed and peace being more sustainable.

Increasing women’s participation in, and impact on, decision-making at all levels can help prevent large-scale violence. More gender-equal societies are less conflict-prone and score better on development indicators. As the world is celebrating the 15th anniversary of resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, Dr Jannie Lilja at the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the UN in Geneva writes about the Swedish feminist foreign policy in practice.

Women’s organisations in the Great Lakes region are calling for change. Women have systematically been neglected and denied access to peace negotiations, security conferences, reform programmes, and high level panels where their own future is being discussed. This needs to change.

As part of the process of revising the Swedish National Action Plan on implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs is currently undertaking field consultations with relevant actors in conflict and post-conflict countries.

The potential of 50% of the Congolese population – its women and girls – to contribute to peace, stability and development in DRC is still not being fully utilized. DRC can hardly afford not tapping this resource.

50% de la population congolaise – les femmes et les filles – reste potentiellement une ressource non exploitée dans l’élaboration de la paix, de la stabilité et du développement en République démocratique du Congo. La RDC n’en a guère les moyens. Les violences sexuelles domestiques ou en situation de conflit, sont un défi majeur en RDC. Dans les zones de conflit, les efforts visant à prévenir la violence sexuelle doivent être renforcés, en particulier dans les zones reculées. Nous avons besoin d’un système de justice plus fort pour combattre l’impunité et renforcer la législation existante, comme par exemple, mettre en œuvre la loi sur le dédommagement des victimes