This Working Paper on Civil Society Participation in Peacemaking and Peacebuilding examines the critical role that civil society - particularly women’s groups - play in ensuring the success and sustainability of peacebuilding processes.
The first part of the paper examines constraints to women’s organisations’ participation in peace making and peacebuilding and recommends ways to overcome them. The second part offers recommendations to the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) on how it can partner with civil society organizations to lead the women, peace, and security agenda in the next decade.
The paper notes how "Heightened militarisation of national policies combined with the flow of weaponry (including small arms and light weapons) has shrunk the spaces in which civil society and dissenters can operate, and where their voices can be heard."
It makes a specific recommendation to the UN, Donors, and National Governments to, "Integrate disarmament strategies, particularly relating to small arms and light weapons, into women, peace, and security policies and programming." It stresses that "Disarmament issues, particularly related to small arms and light weapons must be integrated into the women, peace, and security policies and programs."