News summary: 12th anniversary of UNSCR 1325

Permanent Security Council Members and Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security By  on October 31, 2012 (from the e-International Relations blog)

“Dominant narratives on the passage of the landmark United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 1325 and subsequent developments in the ‘women, peace and security’ (WPS) agenda at the UN Security Council highlight the leadership of civil society organizations in these processes, particularly the role played by the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (NGOWG WPS) (see inter alia Cockburn, 2007; Cohn, 2004; Gibbings, 2004; Hill et al, 2003; Tryggestad, 2009). Curiously, little scholarly attention has been paid to the collective role of the five member states – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) – which, by virtue of their permanent seats on the Security Council, occupy a central place within this institutional context. In light of their importance, this essay highlights key trends in the engagement of the P-5 member states with the resolutions with the aim to present some insights into the dynamics within the Security Council vis-à-vis the WPS agenda.”


Ghana launches Action Plan to implement Security Council Resolution (October 31, 2012; Ghana News Agency)

“Ghana on Wednesday launched a National Action Plan for the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (GHANAP 1325).

The 60-page document, which was developed by the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MOWAC) in collaboration with stakeholders, fulfils national as well as international obligations with regard to the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), which was adopted in October 2000.”

The UK’s Approach to UNSCR 1325: Limitations of Gender Mainstreaming? By  on October 31, 2012 (from the e-International Relations blog)

“The main aim of this paper is to unpack hegemonic power discourses emerging from the implementation of the UNSCR 1325 in the context of UK foreign policy. Understanding national interpretation of the main objectives of the resolution provides interesting insights into the position of gender – and by association equality – in the external agenda of a state. This particular research agenda uncovers the values of key actors in foreign and security policies as well as the biases of the state apparatus in relation to the tension between “high politics” (security and defence) and “low politics” (social policy, equality, etc). The United Kingdom is now in the second iteration of its National Action Plan. This paper will compare the aims of each NAP with a view of comparing the document and tracing the development of gender mainstreaming in UK foreign and security policy. This type of analysis provides useful insights in relation to the following: a. institutional priorities; b. government priorities.”


Weathering the storm by Padre James Bhagwan (Wednesday, October 31, 2012: Fiji Times Online)

“TODAY is the twelfth anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, on women

and peace and security. The resolution reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.”

Women, peace and security: NATO’s implementation of UNSCR 1325Statement by Mari Skåre, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative on UNSCR 1325 at the US-Adriatic Charter Conference, October 26, 2012

“UNSCR 1325 is the first resolution passed by the UN Security Council that placed the issue of women’s rights, role and situation squarely in the international agenda on peace and security. Since 2000 it has been followed by four other resolutions. I am certain you know these resolutions well, but allow me to spend one minute on their main content as they provide the foundation for my work.”

Women’s Role in Peace and Security: 12 Years since the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (October 25, 2012) from Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women

“The Open Debate marks an opportunity to reflect on the progress  made and to accelerate action on the implementation of the Security Council’s historic resolution 1325 (2000) and related commitments and guiding documents on women and peace and security, one of UN Women’s priority areas of work.”

The Power of Women Organizing for Peace by Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, Executive Director, FemLINKPacific (30 October 2012)

“Members of GPPAC’s regional gender focal points are working across political diversities within their countries as well as at the regional context from North Asia, South Asia or the Pacific region and across the African continent.

GPPAC – the Global Partnership for the Prevention for Armed Conflict is therefore well positioned to link women’s peace activism to broader preventive and peacebuilding action whether it is academic or research led or media and political activism based says Visaka Dharmadasa, “What would help is a broad South Asia (gender) strategy.”

Since 2010 when a gender policy was officially adopted by the GPPAC a cadre of dedicated gender focal points bring their expertise into the core work of the global network which works in the areas of Dialogue and Mediation, Human Security Peace Education and Preventive Action such as within the development of the early warning action toolkit with gender indicators.”

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