In less than one week, Women, Peace and Security will be part of all the discussions during the annual United Nations Security Council.
Eighteen years ago, the adoption of the resolution 1325, during the Security Council, has created a space for women’s perspectives and involvement in peace and security issues. Since then, WILPF has mobilised for feminist peace through the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and will continue to strengthen women’s participation.
The purpose of the resolution is to achieve sustainable peace by preventing and addressing systems of gendered power and violence.
What is Resolution 1325?
The United Nations Security Council has adopted eight resolutions on “Women Peace and Security”, from 2000 until 2015. These resolutions are named with numbers: 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2106, 2122 and 2242. Together, they make up the Women Peace and Security Agenda. 1325 is much more than a number or a resolution! It shows how women and a gender perspective are relevant to negotiating peace agreements, planning refugee camps and peacekeeping operations and reconstructing war-torn societies for sustainable peace!
How WILPF will take action during the anniversary
Ensuring women’s meaningful participation requires supporting local women’s root causes analysis and recommendations with impact! WILPF makes it real by hosting a delegation of women peace activists from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Colombia, Lebanon and Yemen, among others, during the anniversary. These brave women will call for action to overcome obstacles to women’s participation and strengthen conflict prevention including demilitarisation.
In addition, on 25 October 2018, in coalition with the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, we will support a civil society statement at the open debate to amplify voices of local women for feminist peace.
Together with partners and members, WILPF will host and support a number of events on women’s meaningful participation in peace processes, the implementation of the resolution (UNSCR 1325), and other critical topics around feminist peace. Our upcoming activities include:
- Monday, 22 October 2018, 09:00 – 17:00, “Feminist Peace Dialogue: Tackling Root Causes for Women’s Meaningful Participation” (Closed WILPF Workshop);
- Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 08:30 – 14:00, “Multi-stakeholder Forum on Women, Peace and Security” (organised by Sweden, NGO Working Group on WPS, and UN Women – Closed Dialogue);
- Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 8:00 – 9:30, “Reality check: What is working in Yemen and CAR when it comes to international support for women’s leadership in peace and security?” (organised by Wo=Men, CARE, Cortaid, Oxfam Novib, WILPF, Peace Track Initiative), the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands, 666 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017;
- Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 15:15-17:00, “Strengthening Women’s Meaningful Participation in Political Movements and Electoral Processes” (organised by Switzerland and WILPF), the Permanent Mission of Switzerland, 633 3rd Ave, 29th floor, New York, NY 10017;
- Thursday, 25 October 2018, 07:45-09:00, “Hope for Yemen? Perspectives from the Frontlines” (organised by the Council on Foreign Relations), the Council on Foreign Relations, 58 E 68th St, New York, NY 10065;
- Thursday, 25 October 2018, 13:00-15:00, “Beyond the Buzz: Gender in Arms Control. The Converging Agendas” (organised by Canada, Small Arms Survey, WILPF), the Permanent Mission of Canada, 885 2nd Ave, New York, NY, 10017.
- Friday, 26 October 2018, 08:30-15:30, Civil Society Forum – “The Road Towards 20 Years of Women, Peace and Security – Strategies for Action” (organised by NGO Working Group on WPS), UN Women Headquarters, 19th Floor, 220 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017.
Want to come but are stuck with home or office commitments? Follow along via Facebook and Twitter (don’t forget to include the hashtags #UNSCR1325 and #MeaningfulParticipation); read our blog posts, which will be posted throughout the month; join the conversation, share our infographics and most importantly – raise your voice!!
Learn more about WILPF’s action around the 18th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325