Power to Women in Peace Processes

Women's Organisations Cooperating in Realising Resolution 1325

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Discussions were intense when Operation 1325 and our partner organisations from Sudan and South Sudan met in Juba to plan for our future cooperation.
FOTO: Emma Johansson

Operation 1325 in South Sudan

Last week, Operation 1325 representatives Emma Johansson and myself (Elisabet Thorp) travelled to Juba, South Sudan, to jointly plan our future cooperation with our local partner organisations from Sudan and South Sudan. These organisations have recently started a 1325 network to enhance their work with resolution 1325.

Future partner collaboration

For two days, we worked with evaluating our partnerships, analysing what needs to be improved in the future, strengthening the collaboration regarding shared issues, clarifying working structures and making a 3 year plan for our future partner cooperation. Emphasis was specifically put on formulating project plans for the following years to come. We had two intense days with scorching heat and irregular blackouts, but despite all this, we made a lot of progress.

Action plan for resolution 1325

A joint issue that is current for both Sweden and South Sudan is regarding the national action plans for resolution 1325. Sweden's present action plan expires by the end of 2012 and South Sudan is in the process of adopting the nation's first national action plan on the 1325 issue. This was a subject that was thoroughly discussed during our days together. Operation 1325 will among other things provide our partners in Sudan and South Sudan with training regarding how to influence the national action plan. Through this, we hope that we will also learn methods from our partners in their work.

Security threat against Operation 1325:s partner

During the course of the discussions, one of the participants found out that one of her activist colleagues had been apprehended by the security police in her home country. No one knows why she had been arrested or where she is being captive. The only fact that is certain is that she has been missing for the last two days. Our partner was cautioned about returning home and went instead to a neighboring country after our two day meeting. She will there try to retrieve information about possible security threats against herself or other activists within her organisation.

The situation for our partner is still not safe, meaning that she has not yet  been able to return home. Her colleague is still missing.

Elisabet Thorp