Today, WILPF publishes a guide tailor-made for civil society organisations and activists to ensure that the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda is included in UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. 

This guide provides a practical framework for activists who research and work to include WPS in UNSC resolutions. It also highlights the connections between the WPS Agenda and international law and encourages more intentional use of them. Approaching the WPS resolutions with this understanding has significant implications for how we use them.

“Part of the trouble in drafting and interpreting UN Security Council resolutions and conducting advocacy around them,” emphasizes Sarah K. Werner, author of the guide, “is that this advocacy, interpretation and drafting is not always done in anticipation of its interaction with international law. Let’s anticipate it.”

The guide accompanies a report that was released in May 2020 and titled Where are the Words? The Disappearance of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in the Language of Country-Specific Council Resolutions. The report was developed with the London School of Economics’ (LSE) Centre for Women, Peace and Security (WPS). 

As well as outlining the key findings and recommendations from the original and more detailed report, the new guide acts as a feminist activist starting point and uses Yemen as an example that activists and civil society organisations can follow and apply in their own country.

The guide gives activists and civil society organisations concrete steps to apply the findings to the contexts in which they live.

Drafted with an eye to the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) coming up in October 2020, this guide supports peace activists to evaluate how far we’ve come – and what’s still needed. 

Download a PDF version of the guide: Where are the Words? A Guide for Civil Society Organisations.