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This blog is an interactive platform for the exchange of experiences, opinions and impressions relating to resolution 1325. It is composed of writings by Operation 1325, member organisations, international partners, and guest bloggers. 

Those invited to contribute come from diverse contexts. Therefore, we will accept both Swedish and English submissions. 

New report on the impact of the war on Yemen’s justice system 

The ongoing conflict in Yemen has had a large impact on the country’s justice system, according to a new report from the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC). Through interviews with people within the Yemeni justice system and in-depth analysis the report demonstrates how women and other marginalized groups are exposed to violence and exclusion. 

Meeting with Ann Linde and Helen Eduards ahead of the opening of the UN General Assembly 2021

This week, the world’s politicians are in New York to attend the 76th opening of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76). Prior to the Swedish delegation’s departure, Operation 1325, together with other actors within civil society, were invited to a digital meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and the Director-General for International Development Cooperation Helen Eduards. At the meeting, the Swedish priorities during the week were presented and participants had an opportunity to ask questions.  

Image from OSCE website

Sweden OSCE Chair 2021

Today, 14 January 2021, Ann Linde inaugurated the Swedish OSCE Chairpersonship 2021 with a speech to the Permanent Council in Vienna.

First Project in Yemen

This year we will start working on a project in Yemen. We were notified of this a few days before Christmas and we are grateful for the opportunity that Forum Civ has given us.

The Women’s Convention in War torn Yemen

The report “The Implementation of CEDAW in Yemen” describes the importance of the Women’s Convention in Yemen. The situation of the Yemeni people is a very serious humanitarian catastrophe. The war has escalated since 2015 and caused enormous suffering to the civilian population. Yemen is today classified as one of the world’s largest and most serious crises.

How to Break a Cycle of War By Peaceful Means

“Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Recent Surge in Gender-Based Violence in the Shadow of the Corona Pandemic

While worldwide lockdowns in the Corona pandemic have forced many women and girls to be locked inside with violent perpetrators, recent events in countries such as South Africa remind us of the devastating effects of eased restrictions as well. When South Africa was in lockdown, the reported violence decreased. With the recent ease of restrictions, violence against women and girls spiked as a direct result. The lifted ban on the sale of alcohol is directly linked to recent cases of gender-based violence with serious injury or death as outcome[1].

Mass Consultations in Yemen – A Spark of Hope Towards a Peaceful Solution?

The mass consultations concluded by UN Special envoy’s office for Yemen that recently took place sparked some hope for an ending to the war that has been going on for almost six years. Over 500 Yemenis – representing political parties, women’s networks, youth groups, media and civil society organizations – participated in the large-scale virtual consultations. Among the topics were the prospects of a nationwide ceasefire, the future of the political peace process and key humanitarian and economic measures needed to mitigate humanitarian suffering and to improve Yemen’s response to Covid- 19[1].

Human Security for All

It’s estimated that 5,000 women are murdered globally each year in the name of honor. Within the three biggest cities of Sweden, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, 6000 young people live under honor-based repression and run the risk of being exposed to honor-based violence (HBV). That is approximately every sixth ninth-grader in Sweden. These results emerged from a study carried out by Örebro University in 2018. Unfortunately, HBV is not a new phenomenon in Sweden nor are the alarming figures.

1325 in Uganda

When I met Juliet Were in December, she said that post-conflict trauma still today, 30 years after the civil war, effects women in the Ugandan communities where she works with Isis-WICCE, Isis after the Egyptian Goddess of peace and dignity and Women International Cross-Cultural Exchange.