Power to Women in Peace Processes

Women's Organisations Cooperating in Realising Resolution 1325

Nicole Bianchi, project assistant, and Elisabet Thorp, project manager, organised a conference on security sector reform and resolution 1325.
FOTO: Helena Sundman

Actually, it’s quite simple

One of Operation 1325’s main activities this autumn was a conference on security sector reform (SSR) and RESOLUTION 1325. Here is the project team’s final blog.

"Actually, it is quite simple. In all situations, one must ask if a decision affects women and men differently. If so, what can be done to ensure one or the other party is not discriminated against or disadvantaged?"

Kvinna till Kvinna, "Rethink! A Handbook for Sustainable Peace", p. 10

This is one of several quotes that have appeared in our campaign "13:25 PM", a platform that every day when the clock struck twenty-five minutes past one quoted authorities and organizations actively working with resolution 1325. The quotations concern the interaction between SSR and resolution 1325. The purpose of the campaign was to highlight how different Swedish actors are working with and thinking about women's participation and security analysis in international peace and conflict work.

Security on the ground

At the conference "Security on the ground - to implement Resolution 1325" staff from agencies with key roles in peace missions got to meet women’s organisations from Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan and Sudan. In collaboration the participants were asked to formulate measures and methods for integrating resolution 1325 into a broader security agenda.

This autumn we visited a number of agencies and organizations involved in the 1325 work, among which we have noticed a certain saturation of the issues related to the theoretical issues surrounding resolution 1325. At the conference our aim was to build on the participants' different realities in conflict and post-conflict countries, which resulted in substantive discussions. It became very clear that there was a lot of interest and commitment among all participants when the discussions on women's participation and security analysis in international peace and conflict work was based on each person's own experience. This is something we take with us as we continue work.

A unique meeting between actors

During the conference both international and Swedish participants expressed appreciation for the opportunity to learn from others' experiences and meet to discuss common issues, which they meant was something unique about the conference. One thing that became clear to us was that the need to meet is both a prerequisite and a challenge to work together on resolution 1325. For example, the Swedish participants with experience of missionary work told us that they found it difficult to get in contact with women’s organisations in the field.

Actually, it’s quite simple

An insight that we at Operation 1325 bring with us from the conference is that we – through our network of contacts at Swedish authorities and organisations as well as at women's organizations in the international civil society – have a special position. In cooperating with the realisation of resolution 1325 in SSR processes, we can be an important link in conveying contact between relevant actors in international women's organizations and Swedish agency staff. Actually, it’s quite simple.

Elisabet Thorp and Nicole Bianchi