women and peace

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace

BE IT RESOLVED: Women have a role to play in peace and security

Writer Elayne Clift calls UN Resolution 1325 "
an amazing opportunity to move away from militarism," and more:

In 2000, the United Nations took a long overdue step: It "remember[ed] the ladies" in peace and security issues when the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. By doing so the Council affirmed, for the first time, that integrating a gender perspective and ensuring women's participation are necessary at all stages of armed conflict as well as in pre and post conflict situations. Nothing underscores this need more than the current situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, a point well-made at this month's 48th annual meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (timed to coincide with International Women's Day and Women's History Month)....


Summary of UN Security Council Resolution (S/RES/1325) On Women and Peace and Security Summary - 31/10/00, and links for more information
In the 18 point resolution, the Security Council:

  • Urges member states to ensure increased representation of women at all decision-making levels.

  • Encourages the Secretary General to implement his strategic plan of action (A/49/587) calling for an increase in the participation of women at decision-making levels in conflict resolution and peace processes.

  • Urges the Secretary General to appoint more women as special representatives and envoys.

  • Urges the Secretary General to expand the role and contributions of women in UN field-based operations, including among military observers, civilian police, human rights and humanitarian personnel.

  • Requests the Secretary General to provide training guidelines and materials on the protection, rights and particular needs of women.

  • Urges member states to increase their voluntary financial, technical and logistical support for gender sensitive training efforts.

  • Calls upon all parties to armed conflict to respect fully international law applicable to the rights and protection of women and girls, especially as civilians.

  • Calls on all parties to armed conflict to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse.

  • Emphasizes the responsibilities of all states to put an end to impunity and to prosecute those responsible for genocide crimes, including those related to sexual and other forms of violence against women and girls.

  • Calls upon all parties to armed conflict to respect the civilian and humanitarian characters of refugee camps and settlements with particular attention to women's and girls' special needs.

  • Invites the Secretary General to carry out a study to be presented to the Security Council on the impact of armed conflict on women and girls, the role of women in peace-building, the gender dimensions of peace processes and conflict resolution, and progress on gender mainstreaming throughout peacekeeping missions.

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    United Nations Index Page

    Women, Peace and the United Nations: Security Council Resolution 1325
    Gender and Peacekeeping

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