WILPF is proud to announce the release of our new report, UNSCR 1325 at 20 Years: Perspectives from Feminist Peace Activists and Civil Society.
20 years ago, feminist peace activists advocated for the UN Security Council to pass resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. But two decades later, what do they think about how it has been implemented so far?
Over the past six months, the WILPF WPS programme spoke with WILPF members and partners from around the world to hear their thoughts about the WPS agenda and the current status of implementation. These included a global 3-day virtual consultation, a survey sent to all WILPF sections and groups, interviews with sections, and a call with young WILPF members.
This landmark report is based on these discussions with feminist peace activists -- the key actors who advocated for the adoption of UNSCR 1325. It documents their assessment of the extent to which Women, Peace and Security (WPS) priorities have been translated into concrete action, identifies key challenges, and provides concrete recommendations at the global and national levels.
The report finds that there are three primary challenges to progress on Women, Peace and Security:
Militarism and militarisation;
The patriarchal and political underpinnings of the agenda;
And lack of accountability for implementation.
Militarism continues to be a persistent barrier to the implementation of the WPS agenda. Yet, conflict prevention, disarmament, and demilitarisation are starkly absent from discussions on WPS.
The WPS agenda continues to be intertwined in patriarchal power dynamics. Implementation of WPS is suffering within a broader climate of pushback on women’s human rights and barriers to civil society.
The WPS agenda suffers from a lack of holistic implementation, policy coherence, and accountability. There is a persistent gap between rhetoric and concrete action, including on resourcing.
Read the new report, UNSCR 1325 at 20 Years: Perspectives from Feminist Peace Activists and Civil Society.