Since Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) was adopted by the United Nations in 2000, there has been a slow uptake of improving the participation of women in conflict resolution and throughout peace process. Today we will discuss and summarize key components found within the International Peace Institute‘s publication ‘Reimagining Peacemaking: Women’s Roles in Peace Processes’ that was released in June 2015.
This report pinpoints the multiple barriers that continue to prevent the involvement of women throughout the decision making process regarding conflict resolution and peacebuilding. As this report suggests, the way in which a problem is represented plays a major role in defining the participation of women within the peacebuilding process. Where, “if the goal of a peace process is only to end violence, then women—who are rarely the belligerents—are unlikely to be considered legitimate participants. If the goal is to build peace, however, it makes sense to gain more diverse inputs from the rest of society” (p. 1). Continue reading “Keeping 1325 Alive: Summary of ‘Reimagining Peacemaking: Women’s Roles in Peace Processes””