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, page 5
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.