Western Asia

Women in conflict zones throughout the world have mobilized within their communities and across borders to demand that the international community put an end to violence, urgently address the impact of war on women and their communities and protect the future of their societies, as well as women's role in shaping that future. It was this mobilization, with the support of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), under the leadership of the Government of Namibia as president of the Security Council, that led to the formulation and adoption of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security. With this landmark resolution, women have shown it is possible to redefine international frameworks and policies using their own diverse experiences in conflict areas around the world.