The United Nations Security Council is responsible for maintaining peace and security worldwide. It also has a unique responsibility to implement the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. Yet it is commonly recognised that the Security Council still has far to go to live up to its mandate and engage in effective action.
WILPF advocates for a Feminist Security Council, which listens to women from communities affected by conflict and adopts their solutions, prioritises disarmament and adopts gender analysis as a way of thinking. Such a Council would not find itself with an ever-growing list of urgent conflicts on its agenda, but rather possess the tools to prevent them.
This work aims at advancing a radical shift from the top-down business-as-usual approach towards the Council that builds sustainable and democratic peace, with local women’s leadership and rights at the core. Only when the Security Council starts to actively address the root causes of violence can it succeed in the mission it was established to accomplish.