Making a stand for gender-inclusive prevention
The end of October marks the 19th anniversary of the Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. This year will be the ninth time GPPAC is taking members to the Women, Peace and Security Week in New York. A number of our gender experts will gather to encourage the UN Security Council to put prevention at the forefront of its actions. They will highlight the need for women’s participation and gender analysis to be at the core of the Council’s actions.
UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) recognizes women’s right to full participation in peace and security decision-making. However, almost twenty years later, women’s participation is still very limited. Particularly women peacebuilders mediating conflicts at the grassroots level remain without recognition.
GPPAC’s women, peace and security week is a unique opportunity for our diverse group of gender experts to share their local experiences with New-York based policymakers and civil society partners. This occasion also allows for further progress on the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and subsequent resolutions in local, national and regional contexts.
Our gender experts will outline the necessary support which is required from the UN to help localise the Women, Peace and Security agenda on the ground. In addition, they will address how the Security Council can generate support for women’s participation in local and regional conflict prevention work.
The Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security will take place on Tuesday, October 29 under the presidency of South Africa.
Time to put conflict prevention at the centre of attention
Our gender experts will highlight the need for women’s participation and gender analysis to be at the core of the Security Council’s actions by:
Sharing good practices of women’s contribution to peacebuilding, including in mediation and early warning;
Exploring specific harms and threats women face and exploring avenues for mitigating violence that they create;
Building stronger support for women’s participation in local and regional conflict prevention work, with the support of the UN, the UNSC and Member States.
Assessing opportunities for strengthening the engagement of young women in prevention
GPPAC is hosting an event (31 October) to amplify the experiences of young women working on gender-responsive conflict and atrocity prevention. During the event, we will assess opportunities for strengthening young women’s role in prevention. Together with ICRtop, Wo=Men, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the German Mission to the UN and Cordaid, we provide a space for Member States, the UN and civil society to share practical experiences such as successes, key challenges and recommendations.
Get to know our gender experts here.