Power to Women in Peace Processes

Women's Organisations Cooperating in Realising Resolution 1325

Introduction to resolution 1325

Women have been promoting peace for thousands of years. Despite their efforts, women are customarily excluded from official peace negotiations or other arenas where they can make an impact. To empower women in peace processes is one of the fundamental goals of resolution 1325. 

 

In addition to stressing the need for equal gender representation in peace processes, the resolution addresses the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war during armed conflicts.

 

It is not democratic to leave out half of the world population when it comes to issues as pervasive and critical as war and peace. In order to engage efforts that lead to sustainable peace, we must include the experiences of women, as well as men. The lack of gender parity in issues relating to peace is detrimental on a global scale. 

Resolution 1325

On October 31, 2000, the UN Security Council adopted resolution 1325 – on Women, Peace and Security. For the first time, member states were asked to incorporate a gender perspective in conflict prevention, conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction. 

 

Why is the Resolution Necessary?

Regardless of its scale, the impacts of war are pervasive. The process of reparation and transition is too convoluted, diffuse, and difficult for one person or group to undertake alone. Therefore, lasting peace can only form when all components of the event are acknowledged. For this reason, the exclusion of women from peace negotiations is inefficient and unreasonable. To silence the experiences of valuable constituents on the basis of gender is to waste necessary capital. Moreover, in most areas of modern-day conflict, there remains a discrepancy between the vulnerability of women and men. In this section we elucidate why resolution 1325 must be fully implemented. 

Who is Accountable?

The United Nations (UN), member states, and civil society organizations have a shared responsibility to implement resolution 1325. How, if at all, is this responsibility approached by each party? What are the consequences of resolution 1325 serving as a recommendation as opposed to a legally binding statute? In this section will explore some answers to these questions.

 

Stories from the Ground

As a springboard for the Stockholm International Conference on resolution 1325, women from diverse backgrounds shared their struggles and successes in their work for peace, gender equality, and security. Here we present their "Stories from the Ground".

 

Important paragraphs highlighted

Paragraph 1

Include more women at all decisionmaking levels of national, regional and international institutions to prevent, handle and resolve conflicts.

Paragraph 3

Appoint more women as mediators. Member states are encouraged to nominate candidates to the Secretary General for a regularly updated list.

Paragraph 8

Include a gender perspective in negotiations and peace agreements focusing on women's needs and rights in the post-conflict reconstruction phase.

Resolutions Related to 1325

 

Since the adoption of resolution 1325 in the year 2000, the UN Security Council has adopted new, related resolutions with specific mandates to achieve the goals set forth by 1325. 

 

Publications

Operation 1325 has been administering seminars, workshops, trainings, and conferences since 2006. We have also been conducting research. We have a number of our publications available online.

A Good Example

In this section we have gathered a series of examples from countries where resolution 1325 has had a tangible impact on the peace process.