Peace and Inclusivity

Addressing Gender Inclusivity across Peace and Security Institutions

Since 2000, and the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), peace and security institutions have been obligated to integrate gender perspectives into their work at both an organisational and operational level. 20 years on, this project addresses the remaining practical challenges to achieving this goal. Specifically, the importance of leadership, strategies for overcoming institutional resistance and a lack of knowledge of the relevance of ‘gender’. The overarching aim of this project is to fill an existing gap by producing content of use for those involved in peace and security field operations and institutions.

Funded by the Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account, this project builds on an existing collaboration between Dr Katharine A. M. Wright, Lecturer in International Politics at Newcastle University and the Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) Peace Programme Lead, Olivia Caeymaex. In November 2018 they co-organised a successful workshop ‘Towards an Inclusive Peace and Security: taking stock and sharing lessons on the gender dimension’ at Quaker House in Brussels bringing together practitioners, military personnel, civil society and academia to discuss the challenges to realising an inclusive peace through the UACES Gendering European Studies Network. One key outcome of the discussions was to reinforce the findings of Katharine’s research that individuals responsible for gender issues within both institutional and operational settings face significant resistance in their day-to-day work and that leadership on the Women, Peace and Security agenda is critical to its effective implementation.

The project will therefore produce tangible guidance for individuals tasked with supporting gender in peace and security institutions and operations to navigate these obstacles. This includes the production of three short bespoke YouTube clips with accompanying best practice guides for use by end users. These will focus around the following three themes:

  • - Why does gender matter?
  • - What does good leadership on gender look like in practice?
  • - What strategies can contribute to overcoming resistance to gender?

The best practice guides and YouTube clips will be launched in Brussels in April 2020.


Related research

Aggestam, K., Bergman-Rosamond, A. and Kronsell, A. (2018) "Theorising Feminist Foreign Policy." International Relations. [paywall]

Buchet--Couzy, C. (2019) "The momentum around gender equality is both a risk and opportunity." Ideas on Europe. Available at: http://gendereu.ideasoneurope.eu/2019/07/01/23/

Davis, L. (2018) "Kissing the Frog: Gender Equality in EU Conflict Prevention and Other Fairy Tales." EU-CIVICAP Report.

Deiana, M. A.  and McDonagh, K. (2018) "‘It is important, but…’: translating the Women Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda into the planning of EU peacekeeping missions." Peacebuilding, 6:1, 34-48. [paywall]

Guerrina, R., and Wright, K. A. M. (2016). "Gendering normative power Europe: Lessons of the Women, Peace and Security agenda." International Affairs, 92(2).

Haastrup, T. (2019). "Women, Peace and Security – the African Experience." Political Insight 10:9-11.

Haastrup, T. and Ansorg, N. (2018). "Gender and the EU's Support for Security Sector Reform in Fragile Contexts." Journal of Common Market Studies. [paywall]

Kronsell, A. (2015) "Sexed Bodies and Military Masculinities: Gender Path Dependence in EU's Common Security and Defense Policy." Men and Masculinities, Vol. 19 (3)

Masselot A. and Brand T. (2015) "Diversity, quotas and compromise in the boardroom: tackling gender imbalance in economic decision-making." New Zealand Universities Law Review 26(3): 535-556.

Wright K. A. M. (2016) "NATO’s Adoption of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security: Making the Agenda a Reality." International Political Science Review, 37(3), 350-361. Available at: https://eprint.ncl.ac.uk/239469

Wright K. A. M. (2019) "Telling NATO’s story of Afghanistan: Gender and the alliance’s digital diplomacy." Media, War and Conflict, 12(1), 87-101. Available at: https://eprint.ncl.ac.uk/239520

Wright K .A. M., Hurley M, Gil Ruiz J. I. NATO, Gender and the Military: Women Organising from Within. London, UK: Routledge, 2019. Available at: www.militarygender.com



This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account Transition 2019: Newcastle University (ES/T501827/1)





About QCEA

The Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) is a non-governmental organisation which works to bring a vision based on the Quaker values of peace, justice and equality to Europe and its institutions. It has been based in Brussels since its foundation in 1979. QCEA's Peace Programme seeks to create a new narrative around European security which emphasises sustainable peacebuilding and a human-centred, inclusive approach to conflict prevention and resolution.

About Katharine A. M. Wright, Newcastle University

Katharine A. M. Wright PhD is a Lecturer in International Politics. Her research and teaching focus on gender and security. She is the author of NATO, Gender and the Military: Women Organising from within (with Matthew Hurley and Jesus Ignacio Gil-Ruiz), available at www.militarygender.com. The book was officially launched at NATO Headquarters in June 2019. Dr Wright is a member of the Northumbrian Universities Military Education Committee (2018-2021), lead convener of the UACES Research Network 'Gendering EU Studies' (2018-2021) and part of Newcastle's organising team for the British International Studies Association 2020 conference.



Clémence Buchet-Couzy
Peace Programme Assistant
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