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Sunday, May 1, 2016
- Addressing an open debate in the Security Council Friday, on the 12th anniversary of resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet called on world leaders to provide determined leadership, dedicated resources and direct opportunities to enable women to contribute to the maintenance of peace and security.
The landmark resolution, adopted in 2000, is the first to link women’s experiences of conflict to the international peace and security agenda, focusing attention on the impact of conflict on women and girls, and calling for women’s engagement in conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
In his annual report to the Security Council on Women, Peace and Security, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon detailed the progress made in implementing the resolution over the past year in the areas of prevention, participation, protection, and relief and recovery. The report, formally presented by Bachelet to the Council, underlined that while there has been progress, it has not been at the pace that was expected.
“The very origin of this historic resolution is the courage, leadership, and the extraordinary accomplishments of women’s civil society organizations that promote peace and build women’s protection under unimaginably difficult circumstances”, said Bachelet, commending the theme of this year’s debate and the work of women peace builders.
“A special effort is needed to prevent gender-based violence in conflict, to investigate and prosecute abuses of women’s rights, and to invite women to peace negotiations. It is the difference between going through the motions and going the extra mile. All of us need to go the extra mile for women, peace and security,” she added.
The Secretary-General’s report includes updates on measures that have improved coordination and accountability and highlights a growing number of inspiring examples of women, peace and security in action. From Kyrgyzstan to Timor-Leste, Haiti, South Sudan, Liberia, Nepal and many other countries, women are leading innovative approaches to prevent conflict and violence and build peace in their communities.
Yet, challenges remain in the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325:
The report recommends urgent action to ensure consistency in the implementation of resolution 1325 through systematic attention to women and peace and security commitments across the Security Council’s actions; stronger determination to advance women’s and girls’ participation and representation; more women mediators, and more women in senior management of international and regional organizations; and continued improvement of tracking and accountability systems, including at the regional and national levels. The report underlines the necessity of early and sustained engagement with women’s groups and leaders in all efforts to prevent and resolve conflict and build peace.
In the lead-up to the debate, women activists and women’s organizations met with senior UN leadership in over 20 countries, facilitated by UN Women, department of peacekeeping operations (DPKO), department of political affairs ( DPA) and the UN development programme (UNDP) to discuss challenges and make their recommendations on issues relating to women and peace and security. Participants reiterated the urgent need to ensure women’s participation throughout the peacebuilding process.
UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, and Executive Director of Femmes Africa Solidarité, Bineta Diop, also briefed the Security Council.