Women, peace and security

in AusAID partner countries:

Analysis of the impact of UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Women, peace and security projectA research project funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
Amount: $132,000

Research team: Prof Elisabeth Porter (PI), Dr Anuradha Mundkur (Flinders University), Dr Danielle Every (formerly of University of South Australia, now Appleton Institute, Central Queensland University).

UN Security Council resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on ‘Women, Peace and Security’ is a historic resolution that addresses the impact of armed conflict on women and girls. It stresses the importance of: protection of women and girls; preventing conflict; increasing the participation of women in decision making and peace processes; and ensuring a gender perspective in relief and recovery work.

This research project produced a broad overview of the extent of knowledge and implementation of UNSCR 1325 in a wide range of AusAID partner countries. In particular, we conducted fieldwork in Timor-Leste, Fiji and with Sri Lankans. The goal was to discover what is being done in conflict-affected countries to advance women’s participation in decision making on peace and security issues.

Women, peace and security projectWhile identifying obstacles to women’s involvement, the emphasis was on articulating good practices on how to advance women’s leadership in conflict resolution, peacemaking and peacebuilding. We looked for creative, effective strategies to meet local challenges and sought to assess if there are transferable learning opportunities for advancing women’s security and participation in decision-making roles. Overall, we found that it is possible to provide concrete examples of best practices that show what a transformative difference women can make to peace and security decisions in local contexts.

Professor Porter is available for commissioned research on women, peace and security.

Professor Porter's contact details.

Research outputs from the project


Porter, Elisabeth and Anuradha Mundkur, 2012, Peace and security: implications for women, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, ISBN: 9780702249228 (pb), 308 pages.
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Porter, Elisabeth, 2012, ‘Women, peace and securing human rights’ in Bee Chen Goh, B. Offord and R. Garbutt (eds) Activating human rights and peace: theories, practice and context, Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey, pp 201–215.

Porter, Elisabeth, 2011, ‘Gender-inclusivity in transitional justice strategies: women in Timor-Leste’ in Susanne Buckley-Zistel and Ruth Stanley (eds) Gender in transitional justice, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp 221–240.


Porter, Elisabeth, forthcoming, ‘Ethical commitment to women’s participation in transitional justice’, Global Justice: Theory, Practice, Rhetoric.

Porter, Elisabeth, 2013, ‘Rethinking women’s empowerment’, Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, 8(1): 1–14.


Porter, Elisabeth with Anuradha Mundkur and Danielle Every, 2010, Implementing UNSCR 1325 in the Asia-Pacific region, PeaceWomen 1325+10 Repository, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Porter, Elisabeth with Anuradha Mundkur and Danielle Every, 2010, Final report: women, peace and security in AusAID partner countries: analysis of the impact of UN Resolution 1325, submitted to the Commonwealth of Australia, Gender Coordination Unit, AusAID, 50 pp.

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