Power to Women in Peace Processes

Women's Organisations Cooperating in Realising Resolution 1325

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Emmicki Roos is the new project manager at Operation 1325. She is responsible for Operation 1325's project in Sudan and South Sudan focusing on monitoring and the implementation of resolution 1325. Emmicki has a master’s degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. Her experience includes research in Kenya on conflict-related sexual violence, work for Oxfam, the International Rescue Committee, and projects for UN Women.
FOTO: Julle Bergenholtz

New challenges

We never develop as much as when we are faced with a challenge. If we meet the challenges of life with an open mind and a humble approach, we can in exchange gain new experiences and knowledge. It is with great joy I undertake a new challenge at Operation 1325.

New challenges are not only a source of personal development; they also remind us of the journey that we have made and all the bumps in the road that has lead us to where we are today. We sometimes stumble and fall, but quickly get up again because we know that new opportunities wait around the corner. This is also true in regard to resolution 1325 and the struggle to ensure that women have the same power and influence as men when it comes to all aspects of peace and security.

Since I was a child, I have always admired people who go their own way; people who stand up for their own and others rights; people who never give up their ideals no matter how much resistance they meet. I decided early on that that is the kind of person I want to be.

This year, it is 12 years since resolution 1325 was adopted by the UN Security Council and even more time have elapsed since the wars in the Balkans and the genocide in Rwanda opened the eyes of the world to women's vulnerability in armed conflict and lack of influence in peace processes and conflict management. Since then, a lot has happened; we have witnessed an increased interest in women, peace and security in both the International community, nationally and among the public. However, we have also witnessed the difficulties in implementing the resolution and break traditional patterns.

During the 2011 Nobel Peace Concert, where the three amazing women Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkul Karman and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf were praised for their peace-related work, the Liberian singer Miatta Fahnbulleh performed. Her song described a muddy path, a road that is rough and difficult to travel, but we know that eventually we will get to the end of it.

The road towards women's equal power and influence regarding peace and security is sometimes hard and crooked; still we slowly but surely make our way forward. We know from experience and history that when an idea has been rooted, there is nothing that can stop it. For as long as people can change, the world can as well.

It is with these positive thoughts about new opportunities and change for the better I begin a new journey at Operation 1325. Together we continue the fight to make resolution 1325 a reality.

Have a nice summer!

Emmicki Roos
Project manager Operation 1325