"The numerous efforts to eradicate gender-based violence, mitigate the differential burdens that women bear during conflict, facilitate women’s participation in peacebuilding,and achieve their overall empowerment has borne fruit through substantive legal frameworks and architectures at international, regional and national levels. In the peace and security sector, the United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1325 and 1820 – which build upon many other interventions, such as the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and the Windhoek Declaration – marked a major breakthrough for women’s participation in peace processes."