Category Archives: UNSC 1325

National Women’s Alliance: Security4Women Announcement

YWCA Australia is conducting a consultation process in the lead up to the drafting of a shadow CEDAW report. A mailing list has been established for people with an interest in the CEDAW shadow report or who want to participate in the consultations. The link is here: http://eepurl.com/Prsy5. The list is being administered by Kiri Decker, the consultant preparing the report for YWCA Australia.

Please pass this link around your networks – a deep consultation is a good consultation!

 

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International Day of Human Rights: Launch of New Application on Women, Peace and Security

The WILPF PeaceWomen Project[1] have just announced that the launch of a new, expanded and revised Mobile Application on Women, Peace and Security will take place today December 10 2013, the International Day of Human Rights and the final day of the 16 Days of Action to end Violence Against Women Campaign.

This app is a tool for accessing information on the Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. It is for policy-makers, practitioners, academics, advocates and activists. It has seven sections: About, News, Security Council Tools and Analysis, WPS Resolutions and Statements, National Implementation, Civil Society’s Key Roles and Peace Talks.

The Security Council section of the app is based on our PeaceWomen’s Women, Peace and Security Handbook 2012 (see section below) with good practice language and recommendations on incorporating gender and women’s rights into the work of the United Nations Security Council. This section is designed particularly for Security Council negotiations. In the National Implementation section, all National Action Plans are included along with recommendations on key components. The civil society section contains important notes on why civil society engagement is necessary and what key resources are available to enable strong and meaningful implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The texts of all seven Women, Peace and Security resolutions (1325, 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2106 and 2122) are included for easy reference and use.

After developing the first ever app of this kind, PeaceWomen reaffirms the importance of innovative strategies to address the challenges we face including information gaps.

Highlights of the New Women, Peace and Security App:

  • Designed to strengthen user’s access to information about Women, Peace and Security policies and support advocacy at all levels
  • Current news and latest advocacy materials
  • Full texts of 7 Women, Peace and Security Resolutions
  • Analysis and recommendations for Security Council work
  • Info & analysis of National Action Plans
  • Resources for and about civil society engagement and tools for action

This app has been designed to reach a wider audience and we encourage you to use it in your advocacy work relating to the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

The App will be available for download from the links below from December 10 2013. 
iOS:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/women-peace-security/id742054971

BLACKBERRY:http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/41823887/?lang=en

ANDROID:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lucid.wps


[1] The PeaceWomen Project promotes the role of women in preventing conflict, and the equal and full participation of women in all efforts to create and maintain international peace and security.

PeaceWomen implements its mission by focusing on six core areas of action:

  • monitoring the UN Security Council’s implementation of SCR1325;
  • providing a comprehensive online information source on women, peace and security at www.peacewomen.org;
  • monitoring the UN system’s implementation of SCR1325;
  • advocating for the rapid and full implementation of SCR 1325 and related resolutions;
  • managing the translation initiative and general outreach related to women, peace and security.

Looking back on RAMSI, mainstreaming women, peace and security in Australian foreign policy and practice

UNSCR1325 13th Anniversary Event:

Evening Seminar: Open to public

Presenters include Dr Jasmine-Kim Westendorf and Sue Ingram

Dr. Jasmine-Kim Westendorf is a lecturer in International Relations at La Trobe University. Her research explores why negotiated peace processes often fail to establish lasting peace, and she has worked extensively on issues of conflict resolution, peace processes, peace-building, and the international community’s responses to civil wars across a range of cases in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. She co-founded and convenes the Melbourne Free University.

Sue Ingram has a long career in public policy, peace-building and international development, including as a senior executive in Australian Government – including AusAID. She has also held several appointments in UN peacekeeping missions in Timor-Leste before and after independence. Sue was head of RAMSI’s Machinery of Government pillar, the area with responsibility for the Women in Government Project within RAMSI. More recently she has worked as an independent consultant/adviser focusing on governance and state-building in fragile and conflict-affected states for AusAID, the World Bank, UNDP and OECD. Sue is now studying full-time towards a PhD.

Event date: Monday

11 November 2013.

5.30 pm for nibbles and refreshment,

6.00-7.00 pm Seminar

Venue: The Theatrette,

Sir Roland Wilson Building (Room 2.02),

21 McCoy Cct, ANU

This Is a Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Event in Partnership with the ANU Gender Institute.

RSVP: For catering purposes please book with Eventbrite as light refreshments will be served outside the Theatrette from 5.30.

Contact Martina Fechner or call 6125 6281 (Mon- Wed)

Access: Free and open to the public

Websites: UNSCR13325 The first resolution on Women, Peace and Security and RAMSI Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands

▶ Security: What is it? What can we do?

▶ Security: What is it? – YouTube.

This WILPF video was posted by Jo Haytor on the IWDA website as part of an excellent article about Women,Peace and Security.

The article provides an excellent summary of what Australia as a nation and what we as individuals can do to progress action on women peace and security

What Australia can do

  • Maintain Australia’s emphasis on WPS staying at the forefront of the UNSC agenda both during Australia’s Presidency and in all relevant deliberations throughout the period of Australia’s seat on the Security Council and identify an ongoing advisory group of civil society representatives whose core business is WPS
  • Sustain funding to international development agencies whose core business is women’s safety and security linked to conflict prevention and resolution, peace building, transitional justice and women’s rights
  • Sustain the government commitment to the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Initiative to accelerate women’s leadership in peace and security policy and planning in our region
  • Continue to collaborate in and support the implementation of Pacific Regional Action Plan through civil society networks and political, diplomatic and official channels
  • Continue to improve embedding the WPS agenda in the Australian government’s approach to human resource management for defence, AFP and deployed personnel
  • Resource evidence gathering, information exchange and dialogue with wider networks such as the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict or the WPS Academic Collective
  • Contribute to shaping how peace and security are defined and prosecuted in the Proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post- 2015 Development Agenda and through other regional or national plans and policy development for Women’s Empowerment, Gender Equality, Peace and Security in countries such as Bougainville, Burma or Fiji.

What you/we can do

  • Write to your political representative now to let them know that funding for women, peace and security must be a vital part of Australia’s foreign aid and security budgets
  • Promote and transfer knowledge to your networks about agencies like IWDA, whose work priortises safety and security for women and girls. Follow IWDA on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Track the monitoring of the UN system in relation to WPS at www.peacewomen.org and share this information to increase public support and momentum
  • Donate your time, money or expertise to strengthen international dialogue between civil society organisations, government and the UN as we work towards the post 2015 Development Goals.
  • Watch the [above] … video by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF International) and share it to champion a wider definition of security:

You can read the full article here

Women in Peacekeeping

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“Women can and must play a leading role in political participation, conflict resolution and the transition from conflict to peace”

–       Herve Ladsous, Head of UN Peacekeeping

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The women of the Great Lakes are keeping my hope alive: Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes district of Africa wrote in The Guardian about the horror of the sustained high levels of violence – of war crimes –  perpetrated on women in this region and the lack of global outrage or response.  But she also sees this as a place that holds great hope and promise for women in Africa because of the primary role women are taking in the peace building process:

In 20 years of killings, rape, destruction and displacement, these women have suffered most. Yet I believe they are the region’s best hope for building lasting peace. My job now, and the job of the international community, is to support them in every way we can.

Women’s voices should not only be heard because they are the victims of the war. Their active participation in peace efforts is essential, because they are the most effective peace builders. As men take up arms, women hold communities together in times of war. This makes them stronger and better equipped to play a key role in securing real peace, as we have seen in Northern Ireland, Liberia and elsewhere.

My approach to peace-building involves not just political leaders, but all of civil society, including women. Without their full support and participation, no peace agreement can succeed. How many secret deals have been negotiated in the Great Lakes region, only to be ignored or forgotten by the signatories for lack of transparency and accountability?

I believe the peace, security and co-operation framework for the DRC and the region, signed in Addis Ababa in February 2013 by 11 African countries, provides an opportunity to do things differently. That is why I have called it a framework of hope. I have started to work on its implementation top-down, with the 11 heads of state who signed the agreement, and bottom-up, with the people of the region who will be its real beneficiaries.

As the first woman to be appointed UN special envoy, I have promised to ensure that women’s voices are heard at the negotiating table. Last month, with Femmes Africa Solidarité and theInternational Conference on the Great Lakes Region, we brought together more than 100 women from across the region – including the gender ministers of the DRC, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi – in Bujumbura. One upshot of the meeting has been to ensure the consequences of sexual violence are included in the benchmarks we are developing to measure progress in the implementation of the peace agreement.

I feel energised by the leadership shown by the women I met in Bujumbura. They are taking full responsibility for peace, security and development in the region. Reaching across national borders, they are innovative, collegial and practical. I rely on them to hold their leaders to account for the full implementation of the framework of hope.

 

More women need to be involved in Middle East peace talks

More women need to be involved in peace talks, “Resolution 1325 – Female Leaders for Peace and Security” wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and government ministers.

 An article in The Jerusalem Post summarises the key points made by the group, made up of feminist organizations and activists, including WIZO and Na’amat,

 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.

Our request that women from different population groups be represented [in peace talks] includes the hope to bring different points of view to the table that were not previously there in peace-making efforts.

The group expressed hope that the implementation of Israeli and international law will send a message to the general public that it is necessary to include women in major diplomatic decisions.

“Resolution 1325” previously wrote to Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who will lead the negotiations, saying that this is a historic opportunity not only to come to a peace agreement with the Palestinians but to include women as decision-makers.