UN member states have failed to fulfill their UNSCR 1325 obligations, with the virtual shelving of much-heralded plans of action. However, it is clear that the failure lies not in the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, nor in the Security Council resolution which gave rise to it, but rather among the member states that have stonewalled rather than implemented National Action Plans. “Where are the women?” a speaker at the Security Council recently asked. As Betty Reardon observes, the women are on the ground, working in direct actions to fulfill the agenda.
As the fate of Afghanistan falls into the tightening grip of the Taliban, International Civil Society continues to call for action to mitigate the human suffering and keep alive the possibilities for peace. We encourage all members of the GCPE to find an action or actions to call upon their own governments and UN representatives to take up the cause of human rights and peace in Afghanistan.
Members of international civil society assert that the human rights and security of women and girls must be integral to whatever course of action the UN determines to take in Afghanistan. We invite you to join in this effort, by signing this call to protect Afghan women, to establish UNSCR 1325 as a practically applicable international norm, and to assure that peacekeepers are prepared to honor its principles.
As the Global Campaign for Peace Education signs on to the “Women, Peace & Security and Humanitarian Action (WPS-HA) Compact,” we manifest our responsibilities as participants in global civil society, the origin of some of the most significant international norms we call upon. GCPE urges our readers & members to call upon all the civil society organizations through which they work to sign and join the Compact.
UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security obliges member states to provide protection to women in conflict situations. Like all legal norms and standards, its utility lies in its application to actual situations. Civil society is now mobilizing to move UN member states to apply its principles in Afghanistan. The protection provision also provides the grounds for the UN to deploy peacekeepers.
This essay by Yuuka Kageyama explores Betty Reardon’s conceptualization of the war system as upheld by a symbiotic relationship between militarism and sexism. The significance and relevance of this symbiosis in confronting the peace problematique of today is in its systemic approach to analyzing the interconnectedness of the causes and processes of various forms of violence in the war system as a whole.
The new UN resolution calls on Member States to recognize and promote synergies between the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and Youth, Peace and Security agendas. It includes specific encouragement to Member States to develop and implement roadmaps on youth, peace and security – with dedicated and sufficient resources.
Two Peace Researchers will work together with four Women PeaceMakers Fellows to document the peacebuilding strategies and challenges they face in their work to end cycles of violence. The Women PeaceMakers program is based at the Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies.