High-level Review on Women, Peace and Security: 15 years of Security Council resolution 1325
October 2015 marked the 15th anniversary of landmark UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security. The anniversary was commemorated with a special session of the Security Council to conduct a High Level Review on the women, peace and security agenda, and culminated in the unanimous passing of UNSC resolution 2242 (2015), which reaffirms the international community's commitment to the women, peace and security agenda. The Global Study on 1325 was also officially launched at UN headquarters.
Featured Publication: Global Study on 1325
At the Secretariat of the Global Study on 1325, we are pleased to release the final Global Study, titled "Preventing Conflict, Transforming Justice, Securing the Peace."
Featured Resource: New Database on Women and Peace Agreements
The University of Edinburgh, through the Political Settlements Research Programme has launched Women and Peace Agreements Database (PA-X Women), an invaluable new knowledge tool for all engaged in the women, peace and security agenda.
Featured Publication: UAE Panel Series on Women, Peace and Security
A new report synthesizes the UAE Panel Series on Women, Peace and Security, a series of policy dialogues initiated by the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security that were held between October 2014 and May 2015.
Global Study Consultation - Asia-Pacific Civil Society
The consultation was convened jointly by UN Women, Saathi, and the Asia-Pacific Women's Alliance for Peace and Security (APWAPS), in cooperation with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) and Cordaid. The consultation gathered more than 60 women from throughout the region, including from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Japan, India, Indonesia, Kazahkstan, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Australia, Bougainville, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and...
Global Study Consultation - Balkans Civil Society
The consultation was organized by UN Women, and included representatives of women’s associations, NGOs, and those who have been directly impacted by the conflict, including conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence in the Balkan region. During the day-long session, civil society representatives from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey addressed a range of women, peace and security (WPS) issues prevailing in the Balkans...
Global Study Country Visit - Bosnia-Herzegovina
A country visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina took place from 18-21 February 2015, in Banja Luca and Sarajevo. The visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina included meetings with representatives of the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Agency for Gender Equality and the entity gender centers, the President of the Court of BiH, members of the 1325 Coordination Board, the Peace Support Operations Training Centre, the BiH Parliamentary...
Global Study Consultation - Chiapas, Mexico Civil Society
The consultation on the implementation of resolution 1325 in Chiapas, Mexico was held on 22-23 April 2015. It was organized by the civil society organizations Centro de Derechos de las Mujeres de Chiapas, Formación y Capacitación, Project Counselling Services as well as by Luz Méndez, a member of the High-level Advisory Group of the Global Study on resolution 1325. The consultation gathered 27 people representing 12 women’s organizations.
Global Study Consultation - El Salvador Civil Society
A national consultation for civil society was held on 28 and 29 April, 2015, in San Salvador City, El Salvador. Organized by the Feminist Collective for Local Development, the Prudencia Ayala Feminist Coalition, and Project Counseling Services, the participants included Luz Mendez, a member of the High Level Advisory Group for the Global Study, as well as female ex-combatants, members of local women’s organizations, and members of national feminist alliances.
Global Study Consultation - Global Civil Society
The consultation was co-organized by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), with more than sixty civil society advocates and activists from around the world in attendance. Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, lead author of the Global Study, updated participants on the progress of the global study, and participants shared their recommendations and experiences, and explored how to use the Study to galvanize action at the national...
Global Study Consultation - Guatemalan Civil Society
A national consultation of Guatemalan civil society was held 15 and 16 April 2015, in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The event was convened by civil society organizations Breaking Silence and Impunity and Project Counseling Services. Luz Mendez, a member of the High Level Advisory Group for the Global Study, participated in the consultation, along with 51 women from 22 organizations.
Joint African Union Consultation
A regional consultation for Africa was held on 23 January 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and was built into the four-day African Union Stakeholders’ Consultation on the 2015 AU Theme: “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development Towards Africa’s Agenda 2053”. The gender ministers of more than 20 member states and regional and international organizations participated in the consultation.
The half-day women, peace and security consultation was chaired by H.E. Ms....
Joint European Union Consultation
A regional consultation with the European Union was on 20 January 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. During the EU regional consultations, lead author of the Global Study, Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, had the opportunity to meet with a wide range of European Union officials, civil society and academics, as well as 28 EU member states’ ambassadors and technical experts working on women, peace and security.
The EU consultations with member states included representatives from a number of important...
Joint NATO and SHAPE Consultations
A consultation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Supreme Headquarters for the Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) took place on 19 January 2015 in Brussels and Mons, Belgium. During the daylong series of meetings, Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, lead author of the Global Study, met SHAPE and NATO gender focal points and advisors, civilian and military officials, and representatives of NATO member states and partner countries.
During the morning of the consultation, Ms....
Global Study Consultation - Latin American Civil Society
A regional consultation for Latin American civil society was held on 11 and 12 May 2015, in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Luz Mendez and Liliana Silva Bello, members of the High Level Advisory Group for the Global Study, participated in the consultation, along with 21 experts from 11 countries.
Participants identified key problems in the region, such as over-militarization, the prevalence of sexual violence and femicide, and a lack of cooperation between states and civil society. They also...
Global Study Consultation - MENA Civil Society
A regional consultation for the Middle East and North Africa was held on 28 April at the World Forum in The Hague, Netherlands. More than 30 civil society organization representatives from Morocco, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt participated in the event, as well as representatives from Iran. Radhika Coomaraswamy, lead author of the Global Study on 1325, facilitated the discussion.
Global Study Country Visit - Nepal
A country visit to Nepal took place from 11-12 February 2015, in Kathmandu. The visit was convened jointly by the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, and UN Women, and included meetings with representatives of the Government of Nepal, members of the Constituent Assembly, the Nepalese Army, the National Human Rights Commission, the National Women’s Commission, the UN Country Team, civil society, and most importantly, those who have been directly impacted by the...
Netherlands Conference Summary - Women: Powerful Agents for Peace and Security
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands hosted a two-day conference on women, peace and security (16-17 February 2015) – with particular attention to enhancing participation and leadership of women in (post) conflict peacebuilding.
Based on national policy on 1325 including the National Action Plan on 1325, the Netherlands brought together representatives from civil society, governments, international organizations and academia to exchange knowledge and develop national as...