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UNITED NATIONS, Jan 6 2015 (IPS) - A leading non-governmental organisation (NGO), advocating the participation of women in efforts to maintain international peace, has urged the U.N. Security Council to do more to live up to its commitments to its longstanding agenda on women, peace and security (WPS).
The report outlines the findings from the NGOWG`s monitoring and analysis of the Security Council with regards to its implementation of the WPS agenda.
The agenda recognises that a non-gendered understanding of conflict significantly undermines international peace and security efforts.
In recent years, the Security Council has established a strong normative framework on women, peace and security.
Nevertheless, the NGOWG is calling for the body to further institutionalise its commitments.
The group says that consistent support for the broader WPS agenda, especially promoting women’s participation within the core work of its mission mandates, is lacking.
Rather than being embedded as a core function, the Council relies on individual member states to advocate the advancement of the agenda.
More positively, the NGOWG noted a growing willingness on the part of the Security Council to recognise and address sexual violence in conflict.
2015 is the 15th anniversary of the first resolution on women, peace and security, known as the Security Council Resolution 1325.
The landmark resolution recognised that conflict affects men and women differently and that both genders have critical roles to play in peace and security processes and institutions.
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