Should the US unfreeze Afghan funds and initiate engagement with the Taliban? A suggested inquiry for peace education.
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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.
March 8 is International Women’s Day, a meaningful occasion to reflect on the possibilities of accelerating gender equity from the local to the global. The Global Campaign for Peace Education encourages inquiry and action toward examining the impact that wars have on women and girls, as well as envisioning the structures that must be changed to achieve human equality and security.
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.
Some weeks ago, many signed to endorse the letter of May 14 to President Biden requesting humanitarian aid and protection for Afghan women and girls whose security has been jeopardized by the withdrawal of US and NATO troops. Now we seek your support to reinforce the call for the deployment of a peacekeeping force to provide security to the vulnerable and actualize a ceasefire to help restore civil order so that an inclusive and stable political settlement might be achieved.
Reportage on issues related to the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan has given minimal coverage to the experiences and perspectives of the Afghan people, and even less to women’s particular needs and perspectives. Afghan women’s views have been amongst the clearest and most potentially constructive. The Global Campaign for Peace Education brings you the views of two who have courageously undertaken to prepare their fellow citizens for participation in determining the future of their country.