PeaceWomen is a project of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and is located in WILPF's United Nations Office in New York City.
PeaceWomen’s mission is to promote 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 advances our mission by monitoring and advocating for the rapid and full implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and related women, peace and security commitments - including Security Council Resolutions 1325 (2000) and the subsequent resolutions 1820 (2008); 1888 (2009); and 1889 (2009).
PeaceWomen implements our mission by focusing on six core areas of action which are: 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.
PeaceWomen.org is a project of the United Nations Office of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. The UN Office of WILPF is based in New York City, while the WILPF international office or international secretariat is based in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition to the International Secretariat and UN Office, WILPF has 37 national sections.
As a project of WILPF, PeaceWomen is guided by the aims, principles, policies and resolutions of WILPF.
For more information on WILPF please see http://www.wilpfinternational.org/AboutUs/index.htm
In response to persistent advocacy from civil society and recognition of the appalling situation for women in conflict, the United Nations Security Council (SC) has, beginning in 2000, adopted four resolutions on “Women, Peace and Security.” These resolutions are: Security Councils Resolution 1325; 1820; 1888; and 1889.
The first resolution on women, peace and security, Security Council Resolution 1325 (SCR1325), was unanimously adopted by United Nations Security Council on 31 October 2000. SCR1325 marked the first time the Security Council addressed the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women; recognized the under-valued and under-utilized contributions women make to conflict prevention, peacekeeping, conflict resolution and peace-building. It also stressed the importance of women’s equal and full participation as active agents in peace and security.
More information on SCR 1325 and subsequent resolutions can be found here
This October (2010) marks the 10th Anniversary of the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
The occasion of the 10th Anniversary is not only a commemoration of the historic achievements that have been made - it also provides an invaluable opportunity to assess the effectiveness of implementation to date.
More information regarding the anniversary can be found at http://www.peacewomen.org/pages/anniversary
PeaceWomen has developed 14 main themes as a framework to categorize our women, peace and security resources for ease of reference and understanding. There is often overlap between themes and sub-themes and the list is neither fixed nor definitive.
The PeaceWomen Themes section is a useful tool to search data on Peacewomen.org. The section can be navigated by theme and subtheme. In the main theme section, all general and sub-theme data will appear. For more narrow searches, users can go directly to the sub-theme.
The themes covered are: General Women, Peace and Security, Conflict Prevention, Participation, Protection, Peace Processes, Peacekeeping, Human Rights, Violence against Women, Reconstruction and Peacebuilding, Disarmament, Displacement, Demobilization, Disarmament, Repatriation, Resettlement and Reintegration, Humanitarian Assistance, Health
Southern Africa: Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Central Africa: Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Rwanda
East Africa/Horn: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda
West Africa: Chad, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Sierra Leone
Northern Africa: Algeria, Western Sahara
Central and Eastern: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chechnya, Kosovo, Montenegro, FYR Macedonia
Western Europe: Cyprus, Northern Ireland
North America: USA, Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, South America: Peru, Carribean: Haiti
West Asia/ Middle East:
Iraq, Iran, Isreal/Occupied Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Kurdistan, Georgia
Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Tajikistand, Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, Turkmenistan
South Asia: Afghanistan, Kashmir, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka
South East Asia: Burma – Myanmar, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia (Acheh), Philippines
Oceania: Fiji, Papua New Guniea, Solomon Islands
The PeaceWomen Translation Initiative was established to tackle language barriers and to increase awareness of the United Nation’s founding resolutions on women, peace and security around the world (Security Council Resolution 1325). PeaceWomen has successfully compiled over 100 translations of SCR 1325 since February 2003 and is now in the second phase of the PeaceWomen Translation Initiative focusing on SCR 1820.
PeaceWomen is currently seeking partners to help translate SCR 1820; if you would be interested in helping please click here more details.
PeaceWomen is the only independent organization that tracks and monitors UN entities and their implementation of SCR 1325. As the UN bodies and entities have a key role to play in implementing the women, peace and security agenda, the development of a monitoring tool is a critical step for delivering results on the ground. Within ‘PeaceWomen and the UN’ you will find UN Basics – How the UN works to promote women, peace and security; PeaceWomen UN monitoring – an analysis of women, peace and security content in the work of the main UN bodies; and UN Implementation – a map of the UN system with each entity included.
The PeaceWomen Project Security Council Monitor includes three interlinked tools - Resolution Watch, Report Watch and Debate Watch. The goal of the monitor, which was started in 2006, is to extract and analyze the women, peace and security content, or lack thereof, in all Security Council resolutions, debates, and reports to the Council by the Secretary General.
Events can be found within our ‘News and Events’ Section of the website. Please click here for further information.
Specific events on the 10th Anniversary of 1325 can be found here.
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