The Women, Peace and Security agenda: Australia and the agency of girls

Lesley Pruitt

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This article argues that young women and girls are significant stakeholders in peace and security efforts. Understanding their roles, views and capacity is essential to an adequate perspective on peace and security. Yet girls remain the most marginalised group when it comes to peace and security efforts globally. Gender- and age-based hierarchies often leave their interests ignored. Excluding girls hinders prospects for sustainable peace by denying their rights, entrenching inequity and affecting future chances for increasing women's participation. Australian government statements on Women, Peace and Security are evaluated on how they relate to young women and girls. The article presents a series of cases to analyse how young women are impacted by security factors, how they are actively working to create peace and security, and how to better include girls in seeking peace. Options for action by Australian policymakers are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-498
Number of pages13
JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • gender
  • gender equality
  • girls' political activism
  • peace-building
  • women and peace

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