In one week, WILPF will join civil society organisations worldwide in commemorating the 16th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 (2000), the pioneering resolution recognising how women and a gender perspective are relevant from negotiating peace agreements to planning refugee camps and reconstructing war-torn societies.

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Participants of a WILPF Workshop organised at last year’s 15th Anniversary of 1325. (Photo: Ashish Mahajan)

One year ago, the 2015 High Level Review and Global Study on Women, Peace and Security provided the evidence base for action. It recognised conflict prevention and financing as key gap areas of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. As Global Study lead author Radhika Coomaraswamy has stated, “No to militarisation, yes to prevention, that is what the women claim!”

Now it is time and past time to close the implementation and accountability gap. As part of our coalition, the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, we have shared an open letter signed by over 250 organisations from 55 countries calling for strong progress on commitments, including around key gap areas of financing, conflict prevention, and disarmament.

WILPF at the 16th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325 (2000)

In connection with the annual UN Security Council Women Peace and Security debate on 25th October, WILPF is hosting a delegation of women human rights activists from Libya, Yemen, and Syria in New York and are working with the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security to support a civil society speaker at the debate.

As part of our work amplifying the voices of grassroots women and promoting accountability, we will also launch an expanded Security Council Scorecard calling for strengthened action on conflict prevention and disarmament.  We will also contribute to a variety of events, and of course monitor the debate.

  • Wednesday October 19th (9:00AM): ‘Measuring State Commitments to Women, Peace and Security: Launch of WILPF’s Expanded WPS Security Council Scorecard’ (WEBINAR)
  • Monday, October 24th (9:00AM): ‘From destabilising violence to inclusive peace: Local to Global Conversations’ (Internal WILPF Workshop).
  • Monday, October 24th (3:30PM): ‘Connecting Grassroots and International Efforts for Action on Women, Peace and Security: Leveraging our Local to Global Movements
  • Wednesday, October 26th: ‘Closing the Gap: How to Connect Grassroots and International Efforts to Enhance the WPS Agenda’ (Closed Roundtable).
  • Wednesday & Thursday, 26th and 27th October: ‘Masculinities, Youth and Violence in Crisis Settings (Closed workshop by WILPF, Men Engage, and UNDP).
  • Thursday October 27th (1:00PM): ‘Financing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Good Practice and Lessons Learned for Accountability and Implementation’ (UNHQ TBC; by WILPF, GNWP, UN Women, and the missions to the UN of Australia, Ireland, Spain, and the United Kingdom).

How You Can Get Involved

There are many ways for you to increase the momentum of UNSCR 1325 this October, whether you are in New York, or engaged elsewhere:

  • You can find the commitments your country made in 2015 in our Women, Peace and Security on Join us in calling for your governments to share how they have taken action to hold them accountable!
  • Join us at our events, or share and learn about our content on social media with the hashtags #WILPF #UNSCR1325 #WomenPeaceSecurity and @WILPF @Peace_Women.
  • Register here to attend our webinar on the Security Council Scorecard on October 19th, 9:00am (ET) / 3:00pm (CEST).
  • Tune-in to UN Web-TV on October 25th to watch the UN Security Council Women, Peace and Security Open Debate.
  • Support our #MoveTheMoney Campaign by reviewing our toolkit on WPS Financing! Ask your government to support WILPF’s demands to finance feminist peace and gender justice.
  • Will you be engaged in the 16th Anniversary of 1325? Feel free to share your experience with us in the comments below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Find more information about the debate.

Get more information about the WPS debate and read the PeaceWomen highlights from the Secretary General’s 2016 report on Women, Peace and Security.

Find more information about WILPF action around the 16th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325.