Gender equality is a strong predictor of peace – more so than a state’s wealth or level of democracy. And when the needs of women and girls are directly addressed, humanitarian action is more efficient and effective, the transition to post-crisis recovery is accelerated and communities are more stable and resilient.
We believe in peace for everyone, everywhere. But too often, women and girls are left out of the equation. The Compact’s mission is to drive accountability and intergenerational action, creating a people-centered approach to peace, humanitarian and development processes. Our work is not done until women and girls in all their diversity have decision-making roles and are equipped with the resources they need for impactful change.
From mediating conflicts and garnering support for peace agreements, to leading disarmament campaigns and establishing economic empowerment programs, women are at the forefront of sustaining peace. And when crises erupt, they head to the frontlines, providing humanitarian assistance and documenting human rights violations.
Every day women and girls make the world a better place. Yet, despite their efforts, they are often disproportionately burdened by conflict and crisis, and blocked from shaping the decisions that dictate their daily lives. From Afghanistan, where women have been barred from peace processes and leadership opportunities; to Tigray, where sexual violence has been systematically used as a weapon of war; to Ukraine, where the vast majority of refugees fleeing violence were women and children.
Peace is far more than the absence of war. To sustain it, we must address the nature of exclusion, discrimination, injustice and structural inequality which blocks women and girls from having equal rights.