UN Women developed this policy paper which sought to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted young women peacebuilders and their work to build and sustain peace in complex contexts. The study highlights key challenges caused by the pandemic, including:
- governments closing civic spaces;
- the digitization of peacebuilding work further increases the digital divide; And
- the impact of the pandemic on jobs and livelihoods, testing the ability of young women peacebuilders to volunteer.
Among the key recommendations for peace and security practitioners, the study highlights the need to pay particular attention to the encouragement and support of young women peacebuilders and organizations led by young women, through :
- accessible and flexible funding;
- remunerated peacebuilding opportunities; And
- accessible, in-person capacity building and learning opportunities.
An abridged version of this document has been prepared as a contribution to the United Nations Secretary-General’s second report on youth, peace and security (S/2022/220).