UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace & Security calls on all states to:

  • Increase women’s representation at all levels of decision making in conflict resolution and peace processes
  • Fund and provide support for gender sensitive training – adopt measures to support local women’s peace initiatives
  • Involve women in all stages of peace processes
  • Provide gender training guidelines and materials on the protection, rights and needs of women and girls
  • Respect international law on the rights and protection of women and girls
  • Take special measures to protect women and girls in conflict, peace and security

Women have been identified and given special recognition as a key element of building and sustaining peace, particularly at a local level. The role of women in society and within local communities, their knowledge, experience, understanding and unique perspective on peace and reconciliation issues is a vital component in ensuring lasting peace. Women play a significant role in building and rebuilding relationships within divided communities, their influence impacts on their families and out into the wider community.

The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (adopted on the 31st October 2000) gives voice to this and urges member states to take a gender focus in every element of peace building an ensue the active participation of women in post conflict decision making and in the transition from conflict

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