Sustainable peace, security and stability are ensured when the whole of society is represented and free to participate in its own well-being.
In the broad field of governance, specifically at decision-making levels, women and minority groups continue to be underrepresented internationally. Rights and access continue to be impeded by laws, culture and attitude – all of which can evolve. Unequal access to education and health, political and economic participation, and vulnerability to violence are some key security challenges that gender inequalities permit.
Through GCSP’s three pillars of executive education, dialogue and applied policy analysis, the Gender Cluster enhances understanding of the value of inclusivity and builds capacity in order to realise it. The Cluster provides a platform for the voice of gender. It is a space to explore alternate perspectives and insights, to discover mentors and role models, to develop a network of gender champions, to deepen understanding of how gender considerations cut across all professional fields and, most importantly, to address challenges posed by the lack of inclusivity in order to create positive change. Greater inclusion of all parts of society is critical for boosting prosperity, for creating sustainable peace, for ensuring the respect of human rights.