Twenty years ago, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, aimed at addressing the situation of women in conflict. Despite ten resolutions as part of what has come to be known as the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, we still live in a world with war and violence, where women are disproportionately impacted.
The lack of political will to holistically implement the WPS agenda as well as the staggering pushback against women's rights at a global scale clearly demonstrate that the impending anniversary of the WPS agenda must not be a cause for celebration, but a call to action that addresses the gendered impact of conflict, reaffirms the rights of all women and girls, and urgently propels much-needed action towards conflict prevention, disarmament, and demilitarization.
In preparation for the upcoming anniversary of 1325, WILPF has prepared a series of initiatives to amplify women's voices on the progress and gaps of WPS implementation and to reclaim the radical potential of the WPS agenda for feminist peace.
6 November, 4.30 pm CET (Madrid time) - WILPF Spain: Balance de la agenda Mujeres, Paz y Seguridad en el ámbito internacional / Taking stock of the Women, Peace and Security agenda in the international sphere. WILPF Spain is organizing a series of three webinars for the anniversary. The first webinar is titled “Taking stock of the Women, Peace and Security agenda in the international sphere” and it will analyse the main contributions and proposals for the implementation on 1325 and discuss how to incorporate them into the Spanish National Action Plan (NAP). Speakers will include: Manuela Mesa, Director of CEIPAZ and Vice-President of WILPF Spain, Maria Villellas, Researcher of the Escola de Cultura de Pau and International Representative of WILPF Spain, and Madeleine Rees, WILPF Secretary-General. The discussion will be moderated by Carolina Jiménez, member of WILPF Spain. The webinar will have simultaneous English-Spanish interpretation.
2020 Open Letter to Permanent Representatives to the United Nations on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Resolution 1325 (2000)
We are proud to be one of 558 civil society organisations around the world to sign on to the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security 2020 Open Letter, calling on the UN and Member States to prioritize women’s participation and fully implement the WPS agenda. Read our collective calls in Arabic, English, French, Russian, and Spanish: wps.ngo/oct2020letter
Upcoming WILPF Report on 20 Years of Women, Peace and Security Implementation
WILPF will be publishing a landmark global report for the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, which will assess the priorities and commitments on WPS implementation by states, and reflect on the state of accountability for the overall agenda. The report is grounded in research and consultation with partner organisations and WILPF National Sections and Groups.
To inform the report, WILPF convened a three-day online consultation through Platform4Dialogue, to hear from WILPF members, partners, peacebuilders, and other relevant WPS practitioners on their assessment of the WPS agenda implementation. The online consultation took place over the course of three days, from September 15-17, 2020.
The report is also informed by key interviews and a global survey of WILPF members and partners.