15th Anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security
This month marks the 15th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. The resolution calls on states to ensure that women have equal participation and decision-making power in conflict prevention, peacebuilding and post-conflict resolution. Though progress has been made, there are many obstacles to the full implementation of the resolution.
Two years ago, the UN launched a global study and an independent high-level review by experts. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the former Special Representative of the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict and the former Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, led the global study. It is entitled “Preventing Conflict, Transforming Justice, Securing the Peace” and its findings were presented to the Security Council this month.
Women’s peace organizations, including the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, have come to New York City to celebrate the resolution, share experiences with women from around the world and push states to renew their commitment to resolution 1325. They are also attending a major civil society peace conference focusing on women, peace and security.
More information about the global study on UNSC1325 can be found here: http://wps.unwomen.org/en