By Megan Nobert, PhD Candidate in Law and independent consultant on international criminal law, human rights and gender equality
To me, UNSC Resolution 1325 is not just a piece of paper; it is a series of promises we made to ourselves and the world that we will not stand for sexual violence in conflict. I have kept this resolution with me all these years, holding onto the belief that there is power in its words, that there is hope so long as we have these resolutions, these principles to seize onto in the dark moments.
Throughout the past 5 years, I have focused my work on sexual violence in conflict zones. My goal has been to help reduce the number of instances of sexual violence and to help those women and young girls who have been subjected to the crime. I have been lucky enough to be allowed to do this work as both an academic and professional, in several different countries with several different organizations. The astonishing and resilient women I have met throughout the past 5 years have been such an inspiration. Their determination and strength in the face of utter adversity is what has kept me going through the beginning of my career. I cannot thank them enough for allowing me to enter their lives, for their kindness and their compassion. Continue reading “Keeping 1325 Alive: Women Working for Peace”