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UN Women

More than 100 signatories launch Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action at the Generation Equality Forum

Jul 2, 2021 – More than 100 governments, United Nations entities, regional and civil society organizations, academic institutions and private sector groups today announced their signatory status to the Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action, during a launch event at the Generational Equality Forum in Paris.
> unwomen.org/press-release-launch-of-the-compact-on-women-peace-and-security-and-humanitarian-action

Security Council Resolution 1325

The ground-breaking Security Council Resolution 1325, which was passed in the year 2000, is the first to link women’s experiences of conflict to the international peace and security agenda, focusing attention on the disproportionate impact of conflict on women, and calling for women’s engagement in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. It recognized the under-valued and under-utilized contributions women make to conflict prevention, peacekeeping, conflict resolution and securing peace. It also stressed the importance of women’s equal and full participation as active agents in peace and security.
> Resolution 1325

UN Women

> In Focus: Women, peace and security
> Dashboard on Women, Peace and Security

UN Women

Preventing Conflict, Transforming Justice, Securing the Peace: A Global Study on the Implementation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325

Oct 12, 2015 – A major report commissioned by the UN Secretary-General in preparation for the 15th anniversary review. The report brings together research which unquestionably demonstrates that women’s empowerment and gender equality contribute to the conclusion of peace talks and sustainable peace, accelerating economic recovery, strengthening protection efforts of peace operations and humanitarian assistance, and countering violent extremism.
> unwomen.org/womens-role-in-peace-and-recovery

The United Nations has identified six priority action areas to accelerate progress in the lead up to October 2020:

  • make leadership accountable for the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, through improved data and gender analysis;
  • ensure women’s meaningful participation in peace processes, the implementation of peace agreements and related decision-making;
  • protect women’s human rights defenders and women’s organizations;
  • ensure women’s participation in economic decision-making in post conflict situations;
  • increase the number of women in uniformed services in peacekeeping missions and national security services;
  • finance the women, peace and security agenda and invest in women peace builders.
Louise Allen

Policy Brief: Mapping of the Gender Recommendations from the 2015 Reviews – L. Allen, June 2019

Jan 28, 2020 – In 2019 I was commissioned by UN Women to undertake an independent assessment of how UN is implementing its UNSCR 1325 commitments. My report has just been published: shows 50% of areas are progressing and outlines 6 key areas the UN should focus on.
> Download PDF


Race, Justice and New Possibilities: 20 Years of the Women, Peace and Security agenda

Jul 28, 2020 – By Toni Haastrup and Jamie J Hagen
Despite histories of violent occupation, slavery and racism, states can too often co-opt WPS initiatives into white saviour narratives. A focus on saving black and brown women in the Global South serves as a way to distance Global North countries from both the violence within their own borders and that which they enact abroad.
> blogs.lse.ac.uk/wps/2020/07/28/race-justice-new-possibilities-20-years-of-the-women-peace-and-security-agenda/


NATO and Women, Peace and Security: Strength is in gender diversity and equality

Oct 15, 2020 – Speaking at an online dialogue on the future of Women, Peace and Security at NATO on Thursday (15 October 2020), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that further advancing gender equality was a priority for NATO in the 2030 horizon: “You have my personal commitment to provide the leadership and support needed”, he said. “It is about making our strong Alliance even stronger”.
> nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_178803.htm


Analysis of the 2019 Women, Peace and Security Open Debate

Nov 6, 2019 – On 29 October 2019 the annual open debate on women, peace and security (WPS) was held by the UN Security Council under the presidency of South Africa on the theme of “Towards the successful implementation of the women, peace and security agenda: moving from commitments to accomplishments in preparation for the commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000)” (S/2019/801). Briefings were delivered by Secretary-General António Guterres, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and African Union Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop; followed by two civil society briefers, Lina Ekomo of FEMWISE (the Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation) and Sudanese activist Alaa Salah, who spoke on behalf of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (NGOWG) (S/PV.8649).
> womenpeacesecurity.org/blog-analysis-of-the-2019-women-peace-and-security-open-debate

Norwegian Refugee Council

Implementing 1325: Challenges and opportunities

Dec 18, 2019 – By supporting the implementation process of the UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in the OSCE-area, it became clear to Ewa Sapiezynska the challenges she had to address in order to achieve change.
> nrc.no/expert-deployment/2016/2019/implementing-1325-challenges-and-opportunities


Organizations and Networks Launch the Beijing+25 Women, Peace, and Security – Youth, Peace, and Security Action Coalition

On December 12th, 2019, 55+ organizations and networks representing over 35 countries from all regions of the world launched the Beijing+25 Women, Peace, and Security – Youth, Peace, and Security Action Coalition in New York and online. They expressed concerned about the weak participation of women and young women peacebuilders in regional Beijing +25 consultations. They vowed to advocate for strong language on Women, Peace, and Security and Youth, Peace, and Security in the outcome documents of the Beijing +25 processes.
> gnwp.org/b25-wps-yps-global-coalition-launch


She Stands for Peace: 20 Years, 20 Journeys

The book “She Stands for Peace: 20 Years, 20 Journeys” captures the stories of outstanding African women who have worked tirelessly towards the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda on the continent. The book was jointly produced by the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and the African Union Commission (AUC), made possible by the generous support of the Government of the Kingdom of Norway.
> unoau.unmissions.org/she-stands-peace-20-years-20-journeys-english

Friends of Europe

From conception to inclusion: 20 years into the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

In light of the 20th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, Friends of Europe and the Brussels International Center brought together the power of local knowledge from those working in the field and the policy expertise from international institutions to explore different pathways and political alternatives for a transformative Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.
> friendsofeurope.org/events/from-conception-to-inclusion-20-years-into-the-women-peace-and-security-agenda/

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