The Importance of Gender Parity in the UN's Efforts on International Peace and Security


Valji, Nahla, and Pablo Castillo. 2019. "The Importance of Gender Parity in the UN's Efforts on International Peace and Security." Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations 20 (2): 4-19.

Authors: Nahla Valji, Pablo Castillo

Keywords: equality, gender, gender parity, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, United Nations, women, Africa


“In January 2017, Antonio Guterres began his tenure as the ninth Secretary-General of the UN. In taking the oath of office, he pledged to achieve gender parity in the world body for the first time in seven decades. In just over a year, gender parity was reached in 2018 in both the Secretary-General's senior management group--his 'cabinet' made of many the heads of various UN departments and agencies in headquarters--and among Resident Coordinators, effectively the heads of the UN at the country level. The road to the ultimate goal of parity at all levels across the Organization will be a longer process, as laid out in the Secretary-General's System-Wide Strategy on Gender Parity. Here, Valji and Castillo highlight the continued stark absence of women from key policy spaces and sites of power and restates the case for the importance of gender parity as a fundamental building block of both gender equality and the overall effectiveness of institutions and outcomes.” (Valji and Castillo 2019, 4)

Topics: Gender, Women, Gender Balance, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, International Organizations, Peace and Security, Peacekeeping, Peace Processes

Year: 2019

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