Thematic Review on Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding

Merkel, K.
Publication language
Date published
01 Nov 2021
Research, reports and studies
Peacebuilding, Gender
Guatemala, Mali, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka

The 2021 Thematic Review on Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding, commissioned by the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) in partnership with German Federal Foreign Office and UN Women, maps good practices, gaps, challenges, emerging trends and priorities for action in gender-responsive peacebuilding.

The Review draws on field-level consultations with women’s organisations in Guatemala, Mali, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sri Lanka; key informant interviews with policymakers, academics, and UN staff carried out between April and June 2021; and a review of academic, practitioner and policy literature, as well as UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) project documents, evaluation reports and guidance notes. The Thematic Review provides practical recommendations for policymakers, donors, the PBF and its fund recipients on:

  • Strengthening the language of diversity and intersectionality in Women, Peace and Security (WPS) policy discourse
  • Enhancing the WPS Global Indicator Framework
  • Strengthening peaceful and gender-sensitive responses to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Increasing support to women’s civil society organisations by committing to capacity building targets and providing flexible funding
  • Ensuring that rigorous monitoring and evaluation frameworks are in place, including improved metrics that go beyond ‘counting’ women and are sensitive to gendered definitions of a peacebuilding project success.