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UNSCR 1325 at 20 Years: Perspectives from Feminist Peace Activists and Civil Society

20 years ago, feminist peace activists advocated for the UN Security Council to pass resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. But two decades later, what do they think about how it has been implemented so far?

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WILPF International Secretariat
5 November 2020


20 years ago, feminist peace activists advocated for the UN Security Council to pass resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. But two decades later, what do they think about how it has been implemented so far?

WILPF is proud to announce the release of our new report, UNSCR 1325 at 20 Years: Perspectives from Feminist Peace Activists and Civil Society.

Over the past six months, the WILPF WPS programme spoke with WILPF members and partners from around the world to hear their thoughts about the WPS agenda and the current status of implementation. This report is drawn from those conversations, which included a global 3-day virtual consultation, a survey sent to all WILPF sections and groups, interviews with sections, and a call with young WILPF members.

The main finding of the report is that there are three primary challenges to progress on Women, Peace and Security. These challenges are militarism and militarization; the patriarchal and political underpinnings of the agenda; and lack of accountability for implementation.

“The words and actions of policymakers that occupy the seats of the Council have direct social, political, and economic implications for women’s lives before, during, and after armed conflict. It is, therefore, vital that Resolution 1325, as well as the subsequent nine resolutions on women, peace, and security, do not become a mere rhetorical exercise that remains at the high-level corridors and chambers of the UN without positive impact on the lived experiences of diverse women and girls, and other marginalised populations, around the world.”

UNSCR 1325 at 20 Years: Perspectives from Feminist Peace Activists and Civil Society

The report provides concrete recommendations for governments to address these challenges, and ways to move forward on new and emerging issues in the WPS field.

Read the report today!

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WILPF International Secretariat

WILPF International Secretariat, with offices in Geneva and New York, liaises with the International Board and the National Sections and Groups for the implementation of WILPF International Programme, resolutions and policies as adopted by the International Congress. Under the direction of the Secretary-General, the Secretariat also provides support in areas of advocacy, communications, and financial operations.

WILPF Afghanistan

In response to the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and its targeted attacks on civil society members, WILPF Afghanistan issued several statements calling on the international community to stand in solidarity with Afghan people and ensure that their rights be upheld, including access to aid. The Section also published 100 Untold Stories of War and Peace, a compilation of true stories that highlight the effects of war and militarisation on the region. 

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Demilitarisation

WILPF uses feminist analysis to argue that militarisation is a counter-productive and ill-conceived response to establishing security in the world. The more society becomes militarised, the more violence and injustice are likely to grow locally and worldwide.

Sixteen states are believed to have supplied weapons to Afghanistan from 2001 to 2020 with the US supplying 74 % of weapons, followed by Russia. Much of this equipment was left behind by the US military and is being used to inflate Taliban’s arsenal. WILPF is calling for better oversight on arms movement, for compensating affected Afghan people and for an end to all militarised systems.

Militarised masculinity

Mobilising men and boys around feminist peace has been one way of deconstructing and redefining masculinities. WILPF shares a feminist analysis on the links between militarism, masculinities, peace and security. We explore opportunities for strengthening activists’ action to build equal partnerships among women and men for gender equality.

WILPF has been working on challenging the prevailing notion of masculinity based on men’s physical and social superiority to, and dominance of, women in Afghanistan. It recognizes that these notions are not representative of all Afghan men, contrary to the publicly prevailing notion.

Feminist peace​

In WILPF’s view, any process towards establishing peace that has not been partly designed by women remains deficient. Beyond bringing perspectives that encapsulate the views of half of the society and unlike the men only designed processes, women’s true and meaningful participation allows the situation to improve.

In Afghanistan, WILPF has been demanding that women occupy the front seats at the negotiating tables. The experience of the past 20 has shown that women’s presence produces more sustainable solutions when they are empowered and enabled to play a role.

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