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Women, Peace and Security: Practical Guidance on Using Law to Empower Women in Post-Conflict Systems

Julie L Arostegui & Veronica Eragu Bichetero

United Nations Security Council resolutions provide an international framework recognizing the important role of women in peace and security. However, practitioners widely recognize the need to closely connect this framework to legal instruments in order to make a real difference in the lives of women in conflict-affected countries. This toolkit provides practical guidance on how to integrate principles of gender equality into legal systems and how this has been done. The analyses and recommendations in the toolkit are based mainly on experiences in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, specifically on case studies performed in Uganda and Rwanda as well as consultations and workshops held in South Sudan and Sudan, but are applicable to practitioners broadly.