The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) advocates for the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security. We place strong emphasis on the need to recognise, highlight and involve women through their active roles in conflict prevention efforts, as part of any holistic engagement towards sustainable peace.
To this end, GPPAC organises its "1325 week" - a round of events with a group of Gender Focal Points from our network every October in New York, in order to connect local experiences from conflict settings with New York-based stakeholders, civil society partners and global media.
For more about GPPAC's work on gender and stories from our members, please scroll down. For news and postings about our on-going work, check out the blogs section.
UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) was adopted in October 2000 and is the first resolution on women, peace and security adopted by the UN Security Council, acknowledging the relevance of gender and women's perspectives for international peace and security. The Resolution recognises the underestimated roles that women play in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction. It acknowledges that armed conflict has particular impact on women, and urges all actors to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all United Nations peace and security efforts. The resolution provides a number of important operational mandates, with implications for Member States and the entities of the United Nations system. The practical implementation of UNSCR 1325 has been slow, with action plans for national implementation existing in 66 countries to date.
As GPPAC, we advocate for the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security from the perspective of prevention. We find that interpretations of UNSCR 1325 tend to highlight prevention of violence against women as victims, rather than building on women's activism to prevent conflict. We place strong emphasis on the need to recognise, highlight and involve women through their active roles in conflict prevention efforts, as part of any holistic engagement towards sustainable peace. Our prevention perspective on UNSCR 1325 is closely linked to our advocacy on other relevant policy processes. These include Human Security First, a campaign to highlight people's local perspectives as a basis for engagements on security; and clear commitments to peace and conflict prevention in the post-2015 development agenda.
Prevention of conflict and women's activism for prevention are still undervalued in the implementation of global policy commitments that affect women, including UNSCR 1325, the Beijing Platform for Action, and the current post-2015 development agenda leading to the Sustainable Development Goals. We need a gender, peace and human security perspective to ensure development and security for women, through implementation and beyond UNSCR 1325.
We build on and promote women's active leadership from inside our network and we link this to our global advocacy for the full implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women Peace and Security and other relevant policy processes.
Our gender experts have been present at events around the anniversary of UNSCR 1325 in New York since 2010 and continue bringing and connecting their local stories with New York-based actors. At home, they also share their perspectives with key actors in the field, working to connect practices from the local to the regional and global level.
Read more about the peacebuilding practices of our gender experts here.
How can we support women's peacebuilding efforts? Click here to see key areas for support identified by our gender experts.
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