United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 recognises both war's adverse effects on women and women's important contributions to peace and security. Yet despite the resolution being passed unanimously over a decade ago, women are still generally underrepresented in formal peace negotiations and to date only 33 countries worldwide - and only 5 in the Commonwealth - have approved National Action Plans (NAPs) to implement the resolution. Gender, Peace and Security examines women's role in both conflict and post-conflict reconciliation. It describes how UNSCR 1325 provides support for women in peace-building processes and provides case studies of how it has been implemented in selected countries, including the benefits of NAPs and women's involvement in their adoption. Essential reading for Ministers and senior officials looking to develop NAPs, or anyone with an interest in the role of women in international affairs.
Foreword Abbreviations and acronyms 1. Introduction 2. Women, Conflict and UNSCR 1325 The role of women in conflict and post-conflict countries UNSCR 1325: In support of women in peace-building processes 3. Women's Peace-building Efforts across the Commonwealth Examples of limited engagement in peace negotiations Sierra Leone Mozambique Zimbabwe Solomon Islands Papua New Guinea (Bougainville) Why women's engagement may be limited following conflict 4. Women and National Action Plans (NAPs) Women's involvement in the adoption of NAPs Rwanda Sierra Leone Uganda NAPs in countries at peace: a different experience United Kingdom Canada Benefits of NAPS 5. Peace and Conflict in the Commonwealth Implementation of UNSCR 1325 in selected countries (2000-2011) India Nigeria Papua New Guinea (Bougainville) Rwanda Solomon Islands Sri Lanka Uganda Afghanistan (a non-Commonwealth example) Possible scenarios for women, peace and conflict in these countries, 2011-2015 India Nigeria Papua New Guinea (Bougainville) Rwanda Solomon Islands Sri Lanka Uganda Afghanistan (a non-Commonwealth example) 6. Recommendations Recommendations for the Commonwealth Secretariat and other strategic partners Address cultural beliefs Address structural inequalities: economic opportunities Address structural inequalities: laws Address monitoring and evaluation Develop a Commonwealth model for the adoption of NAPs Collaborate with other local and international actors Support women's inclusion in peace processes Work with countries at peace to prevent conflict and engender peacekeeping Recommendations for Commonwealth member states Document lessons learned and best practices Take a multi-sectoral approach to the adoption of NAPs Collaborate with the private sector and civil society organisations Align reporting of NAPs with the Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action Domesticate NAPs into national laws Dedicate funds for the implementation of NAPs Introduce accountability measures for NAPs References ANNEX: United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325
Number Of Pages: 50
Published: 1st June 2012
Publisher: COMMOMWEALTH SECRETATIAT
Dimensions (cm): 23.622 x 14.986
Weight (kg): 0.136