In October 2015, the Security Council held a High-Level Review of Women, Peace and Security at the 15th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. The Review included an October 13th Security Council debate and independent Global Study launched October 14th 2015. The Review presents the critical opportunity to increase women’s meaningful participation and rights in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. We must be self-critical about the hype around the milestones, and take active steps to not just get caught up in the memories, but to take the next step and leverage these milestones toward action on translating commitments to accomplishments.
The purpose of the Review was to assess progress at the global, regional and national levels in implementing Resolution 1325 (2000), renew commitments, and address obstacles that have emerged. There were many actions, initiatives and events to mark the 15th Anniversary happening around the world.
WILPF was also actively hosting events and activities to ensure that peacemakers' voices from around the world are reflected in the Global Study. WILPF held three consultations with civil society - two in New York and one in The Hague. WILPF also launched an independent report with recommendations and good practices from various civil society organizations, academics and research institutes for the Global Study.
How can we best use the High-Level Review and the 15th Anniversary to move forward implementation, to realize action and impact change? Read about the Global Study, WILPF recommendations, actions and events, other civil society recommendations and advocacy activities below to learn what happened in October in New York.
Read our report on UNSCR 1325+15 here.
The Global Study on Women, Peace and Security was launhed October 14th 2015, and was called for by the UN Security Council in Resolution 2122 (2013). The Lead Author for the Global Study was Radhika Coomaraswamy.
WILPF and partners engaged in many ways for the 2015 High Level Review. PeaceWomen led WILPF’s work in mobilising across the full month to build momentum for feminist foreign policy that goes beyond anniversaries and promotes local action for transformative change. Also, WILPF hosted the Women Peace to Stop War conference in The Hague in April 2015 as a civil society prep conference for October High-Level with session on the Global Study. In addition, WILPF held three consultations with civil society - two in New York and one in The Hague.
There were many actions and events around to the High-Level Global Review in October 2015. Please check for more information.
Over 47 civil society organizations, academics and research institutes submitted resources and policy briefs providing key implementation gaps, good practices and recommendations for the Global Study.
WILPF and partners in the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security release demands and advocacy calls in our 2015 Civil Society Women, Peace and Security Roadmap ahead of October's 15th anniversary of UNSCR 1325.