Women, Peace and Security

2020 marked the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Global Compact and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which established the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. Despite the steady progress that both initiatives have made over the past two decades, the links between the two remain underexplored, and the potential of the private sector remains largely untapped.

To start this conversation, the UN Global Compact Network UK organised two webinars on this topic and produced a guide to help interested stakeholders learn more about the role that companies can play in supporting the WPS agenda.

Business Action for Women, Peace and Security

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The aim of this mini-webinar series was to start a conversation about the interlinkages between the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda and the UN Global Compact and inspire businesses to make positive contributions to the WPS agenda.

The first webinar, 'The WPS Agenda and Private Sector Potential', focused on introducing the audience to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda and why it should matter to the private sector, in addition to exploring how businesses can support and advance the WPS agenda by leveraging existing global CSR platforms and partnerships.

The goal of the second webinar, ‘Companies Championing Women, Peace and Security’, was to showcase pioneering business projects and initiatives contributing to Women, Peace and Security, as well as partnerships between private sector organisations and NGOs aiming to empower women in conflict-affected environments.

Women, Peace and Security: Guidance for Business

This guide builds on existing frameworks such as the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Women’s Empowerment Principles, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. It explains the role companies can play in contributing to the achievement of the key pillars of the WPS agenda, particularly in relation to women’s economic empowerment in fragile and conflict-affected areas.

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