María Villellas, Researcher of the School for a Culture of Peace, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Women’s peace and security (WPS) agenda has advanced notoriously in the last 15 years. The adoption of the seven UNSCR on this issue as well as National Action Plans and other regional tools have contributed to the political impulse the WPS agenda has acquired during this period. Nevertheless, there is a long way ahead before the objectives that were clearly set up in 2000, and further developed afterwards, are fully accomplished: the protection of women and girls from the devastating effects of armed conflicts and the equal participation of women in all peace efforts. These issues constitute preconditions for the full achievement of gender equality and global peace and security in a world free from armed conflict and violence.