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Women and youth

We work on peace and security, taking into account the specific situation and perspectives of women and youth.

We focus on women, peace and security, based on the landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which sets out international standards and commitments on the issue. Women suffer some of the worst impacts of war, including gender-based and sexual violence. So this area of work focuses on meeting their needs and enforcing their rights. Resolution 1325 underscores the importance of addressing the needs of women victims of violence, ensuring women’s participation in decision-making—especially in conflict-prone or conflict-affected areas—and empowering women and girls, in order to achieve sustainable peace. This important international framework has laid the ground for many IPU debates and activities on gender equality. It has prompted strong parliamentary commitments and action. For more information, see the page on women, peace and security.

In 2015, the UN Security Council adopted the historic Resolution 2250 on youth, peace and security. The Resolution focuses on the role of young women and men in peacebuilding and countering violent extremism. It also stresses the critical importance of their meaningful participation in political institutions and peace processes. With its programme dedicated to youth political participation, this resolution has served to inform IPU’s work on this issue. For more information, see the page on youth, peace and security.