Since Nepal is in a post-conflict period, the three major areas that would support women's peace building efforts would be:
1. Special legal and social support to women in order to aid their reporting and
prosecuting of perpetrators of war crimes and human rights abuses committed during
and after conflict;
2. Adopt constructive measures to guarantee women's socio-economic rights including
employment, property ownership and inheritance during post-conflict reconstruction;
3. Support to conduct a gender-oriented budget analysis of humanitarian assistance
and post-conflict reconstruction to ensure that women benefit directly from resources
mobilized through multilateral and bilateral donors.
Not only in my county and region but also in the world we will have less armed conflicts if women are taken seriously, unfortunately still after 15 years of existence of UNSCR 1325 we still have an uphill task of making men take us seriously.
I do agree that there is a significant change of attitudes and practises due to UNSCR 1325, but we do have a long way to go. Mainly when it comes to conflict transformation women play a key role within the family and that is accepted, but women's' that unique skill is undermined when it comes to major conflicts.
So what should be done:
1. Recognize women who had played a crucial role globally and regionally
as well locally in peacebuilding.
2. Create space for them to share and learn from others.
3. Encourage university/college students to hear their stories.
4. Carry out a comprehensive research and disseminate the findings widely.
Gender Liasion for GPPAC
Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
"Availability of specific resources for
1. Availability of specific resources
for our network which was
instrumental in the development
and drafting of the Regional Action
Plan on Women, Peace and
Security to progress our work –
this would also include mentoring
and participation of young women
2. In-country documentation,
research and media and ICT
platforms including the production
of our annual Policy for Peace report
3. Resources to mobilize with innovative
campaigns and policy advocacy.
Paula Banerjee • India
1. In most Indian states there is the
Women's Commission. The
Women's Commission often actively
support women's peace initiatives.
2. The academia is a place where there
is wide spread support for women's
3. All peace activists, refugee rights
activists and supporters of justice
support women's peace building
1. Establish and fund UN Women
offices in Azerbaijan. Support the
establishment of UN Women offices
in every country in the South
Caucasus region as a peace
promoting instrument for the
implementation of UNSCR 1325
2. Support capacity building for
women's groups to monitor UNSCR
1325 and its components
3. Integrate UNSCR 1325 and 1820 into
the analysis for country strategy
papers in conflict and post-conflict
countries, and include earmarked
financial resources to support local
women's organizations in
Women's approach to peacebuilding traditionally varies from men's thus support to women's peacebuilding efforts would imply support to different approaches to peacebuilding and conflict prevention than the mainstream ones. For example, various domestic and international actors are investing in the institutional reform connected to the EU accession processes and are giving incentive for participation of women in the military and police, previously a men-dominated domain, while disregarding the value of civilian peacebuilding and the necessity for peace education, previously female domain.
Bearing this in mind, along with the support of women's participation in armed forces, it is crucial to recognise the value and significance of civilian peacebuilding and especially peace education as fields to which women have contributed greatly and which represent the only continuous investment in the upbringing of future generations oriented towards peaceful conflict resolution.
Among three key areas, I would mention first and foremost the democratization of the country, including free and fair elections. There are very few women represented at key positions both in the Parliament and Executive, they are also few in local governance bodies and other decision making positions.
Secondly, I would like to mention economic empowerment of women since a lack of economic opportunities and instruments significantly disengages women from participation in social and political life.
And finally, a new creative approach to global solidarity and tactics of rapid response should be developed further to support courageous peace voices at the time of conflict escalation and possible breach of new war.