Operation 1325’s office expands

SoME Gavobevis 2023

13 June 2022

Omran Khasawneh is a new project leader with the organization. He looks forward to working for women’s increased representation in peace processes together with our project participants. 

Omran has previously worked with civil society organizations that pursue issues of diversity and global sustainable development in Sweden. He has also interned at the Swedish Embassy in Amman while studying Middle Eastern studies at Uppsala University. 

Omran, how does it feel to start working for Operation 1325? 

-It feels great! Operation 1325 works for a good cause and it is an honor to be part of the work going forward. 

Omran applied to Operation 1325 as he believes that the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 is the most important international document adopted since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He believes that Resolution 1325 would drastically change the policy of peace and security if it was fully implemented. 

What do you think characterizes the UN Security Council Resolution 1325? 

– The unique thing about this resolution is that it is the first document that has officially recognized made the link between gender equality, peace, security and sustainable development. 

Our new project leader is curious about the role of civil society in the implementation of Resolution 1325. He therefore looks forward to meeting our partners in the region to hear about their opportunities, challenges and experiences regarding the implementation of the resolution. 

Charlotte Lind, acting Director at Operation 1325, explains why diversity within the organization is important. 

How come you hired a man to work for your organization where you work for women’s rights? 

– It is important to show that what we work with is not only an issue for women but an issue that affects all of society in the countries where we operate. That we have a project leader who is a man sends that signal, I think. 

What can Omran add to Operation 1325? 

– He has the right education with his double bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern studies and development studies and also speaks fluent Arabic. His knowledge will help us create closer cooperation with our partner organizations and contribute to a greater understanding of the situation in the Middle East. I look forward to working with Omran! 

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