PAX contributes to UN study on women’s participation in peace processes

Image: Vrouwelijk leiderschap en politieke participatie in Zuid-Soedan. Foto © Rieneke de Man

October 14, 2015

Findings and recommendations of the Global Study on Resolution 1325 of the United Nations Security Council will be presented to UN leadership, member states and civil society today. This resolution was adopted in 2000 and addresses not only the inordinate impact of war on women, but also the pivotal role women should and do play in conflict management, conflict resolution, and sustainable peace.

Already yesterday, the Security Council adopted a new resolution, recognizing the ongoing need for greater integration of resolution 1325 in its own work. In his speech, Ban Ki Moon also mentioned the role of women in preventing and countering violent extremism.

Implementation of 1325 in PAX work
In South Sudan, PAX works with several organisations to strengthen women’s leadership skills and to raise their participation in political decision-making and in handling security issues. This programme’s long-term objective is to make women’s lives safer and to increase their influence on political decision-making.
In Iraq, PAX gives special attention to women in its effort to increase community security. Our ‘Women-against-Violence’ project offers women tools that enable them to decide about matters that affect their lives and those of their families daily.

Findings and recommendations
Marking the 15th anniversary of the adoption of resolution 1325 the Security Council held a ministerial-level open debate on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). The Global Study on UNSCR 1325 was commissioned to inform the high level review and led by Radhika Coomaraswamy (Sri Lanka). The study was released earlier this week. As many other civil society organisations, PAX and its partners have provided input and is following the debates closely. The study emphasises the need to prioritize the prevention of conflict, and the importance of the localization of approaches and inclusive and participatory processes of peace and security efforts.

PAX is working with local partners to implement UNSCR 1325 in South Sudan and the Middle East.

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