Youth and Peacebuilding

Youth and Gender

In Sri Lanka, the youth population presents a unique demographic dividend that can contribute to lasting peace and economic prosperity if inclusive policies and approaches are in place and implemented. UNV aims to empower women and youth by building upon a greater understanding of peacebuilding issues and thereby catalyse the participation and engagement of young people in governance and decision-making processes, and responses related to sustaining peace and security.

Participation of Youth and Women in the Peacebuilding Process

Working under the umbrella of the UN Peacebuilding Priority Plan (PPP), this project aims to implement the following indicative output:

  • Outcome One: Youth are actively and positively engaged in the peacebuilding process so that their voices are reflected in key policy and decision-making processes and outcomes at the national and sub-national levels
  • Outcome Two: State decision-making processes are more equitable and inclusive to enable women’s meaningful participation and leadership

This proposal aims to support the participation of youth and women, particularly those wo are the most marginalized, in the post-conflict environment, focusing on the importance of investing in youth and women in peacebuilding while addressing existing assumptions and theories of change regarding youth, women and peacebuilding. It is consistent with the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (Youth, Peace and Security) and UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 (Women, Peace and Security) while complementing the UNCG’s Seven-Point Action Plan on Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding.

Conducted as a joint programme between UNV, UNFPA and UNWomen; UNV in cooperation with UNFPA undertakes the implementation of Outcome One while UNWomen directly implements Outcome Two.

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