On 13 October 2015, the UN Security Council at its 7533rd meeting adopted the new Women, Peace and Security (WPS) resolution 2242. WILPF is happy to see the new resolution follows up on many of the Global Study’s recommendations released earlier this month.
We will return with a more comprehensive analysis of UNSCR 2242 once we have had time to study all the details. For now, we just want to highlight some of the major elements with the resolution:
- UNSCR 2242 highlights the necessity for gender-responsive training, analysis and programmes within the UN system, specifically within DPKO and DPA. Moreover, it recognises the need to incorporate a gendered lens to country-specific situations.
- UNSCR 2242 urges for greater overall collaboration with civil society with both the international and national levels of engagement, specifically through more meetings and briefings as well as stronger funding to civil society.
- UNSCR 2242 also urges for increased funding for gender-specific programmes and training, and for aid contributors to review and analyse where the funding is going. This measure aims to ensure that funding is specifically dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
- UNSCR 2242 brings attention to gender as a cross-cutting issue with regards to Countering Violent Extremism and Counter-Terrorism.
- Finally, UNSCR 2242 attempts to focus on women’s inclusive and meaningful participation, specifically with regards to capacity-building; peace building and peacekeeping; and in leadership roles. While the language is strong on this matter, actual implementation of this is far from reality.
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Explore the infographics below to find out which governments are or are not sponsoring Resolution 2242: