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Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, International Coordinator Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, a program partner of the International Civil Society Action Network, here in a seminar at the Stockholm 1325-Conference, October 2010, arranged by Operation 1325.
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Commission on the Status of Women – an Advocacy Platform for 1325

The first week of the 55th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women session (CSW) in New York ended Friday last week. The week saw a flurry of activities around the theme "Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work” and the sub-theme “The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child.”

Creative Links to the Commission Theme
What I find fascinating about the CSW is that it never fails to bring in hundreds, if not thousands of women from all over the world, no matter what the theme is. It is also interesting to note how women’s groups are able to creatively link their issues to the CSW theme and frame their parallel events around it. Among the most creative ones – or should I say adamant ones – to use the CSW sessions as an advocacy platform for 1325/women and peace and security (WPS) activists. I have counted at least 35 events on 1325/WPS events this week and many more are listed for next week.

The range of topics covered is very broad; from developing National Action Plans to financing 1325 implementation; from women’s participation in peace negotiations to women as mediators; from the situation of women in Iraq to the situation of women in Sudan.This clearly indicates the diversity of issues that emerge because of armed conflicts as well as the diversity and power of women’s responses to armed conflict.

"Equally important, this demonstrates that resolution 1325 has become a mobilising and organising instrument for women around the world."

Resolution 1325 Creates Untraditional Partnerships
It is also important to note how 1325 has brought together actors who are critical or sometimes adversarial towards each other – i.e., government and civil society; private sector and civil society – to identify areas of collaboration and find ways and means to work together. This is what we learned from the showcasing of Nepal’s National Action Plan during the CSW. We also heard the same eagerness to engage in partnership from civil society and government representatives from the Republic of Korea, and from Burundi.

Next year’s CSW session theme is: “The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges.” Peace and development? That’s an easy one.  I won’t be surprise if the 1325 parallel events will double or triple in number.

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza
International Coordinator
Global Network of Women Peacebuilders,
a program partner of the International Civil Society Action Network