Civil Society reviews or “shadow reports” provide an independent basis for evaluation and strengthened accountability. These can draw on critical analysis and reporting to push governments to overcome shortfalls and rethink strategies and national priorities more holistically and from a gender and militarism perspective. Such reviews can also provide a rich basis for policy recommendations on how to effectively carry out comprehensive strategies.
Here are some civil society reviews from around the world. If you would like to share your own, please let us know.
This report examines the resources required to implement UN Resolution 1325 at the National Level, as well as gaps and glitches in the WPS Agenda. Read the report here.
In Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) the civil society sector is generally familiar with the UNSCR1325 and its importance for women's participation in all levels of society. Women's organizations have contributed to the implementation of the Resolution in a number of official and informal trainings, consultations and networking with governmental institutions. Read the final report here.
On 7th–8th September 2009 under the Initiative for Peacebuilding (IfP), the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) and International Alert jointly organised a civil society conference on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in Europe. The conference brought together representatives of civil society organisations from 18 countries across Europe – from Norway to Cyprus, and from Northern Ireland to Latvia – to share good practices and experiences of how they have advocated for SCR 1325 at the national level and, in some cases, played a role in the development, implementation and monitoring of national action plans. The following list of recommendations is in two parts, with the first part focusing on the issue of National Action Plans, and the second part addressing the EU institutions more specifically. These recommendations were drafted during the civil society conference, and have also benefitted from wide consultation with civil society networks in Europe and beyond. Read the recommendations here.
The project "Implementation of UNSCR 1325: Integration of gender sensitive policies in the security sector of Bosnia and Herzegovina" was developed in close cooperation of the NGO Žene Ženama, the Agency for Gender Equality of B&H, Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees, and UN Women. The project was implemented by Žene Ženama and the Agency for Gender Equality of B&H, as well as the Coordination Board for the implementation of the Action Plan for 1325 in B&H and ten local women’s organizations.
The planned result of the project was to strengthen capacities of the Coordination Board and security sector to implement and promote the Action Plan on the UNSCR 1325. This was done by means of advancing the understanding about the different security needs of men and women and how to mainstream gender into policies and programs. The project also intended to contribute to the implementation of UNSCR 1325 at the local level, through cooperation with local NGOs and institutions, and to raise public awareness about the UNSCR 1325 and the Action Plan. Read the report here.
This report – a result of surveys carried out in four provinces (Bubanza, Bujumbura Mayorship, Bujumbura and Makamba) as well as a review of the literature on the UNSCR 1325 and its implementation in Burundi - highlights progress and setbacks in the implementation of UNSCR 1325. It also provides recommendations for the resolution’s ongoing implementation. Read the report here.
In April 2013, Australian civil society came together with government to hold the inaugural Annual Civil-Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security. The Dialogue brought together key agencies engaged in the implementation of the NAP to outline their actions and reflect, one year on from the Australian government’s adoption of this plan. The aim of the Dialogue was to monitor progress against each of the NAP’s strategies and to ensure implementation of the NAP remains both accountable to civil society and informed by its input and deliberations. A workshop following the day of presentations, with invited civil society participants, allowed for more detailed discussion of the NAP’s progress. This Civil Society Report Card on Australia’s NAP is the result of that process. Read the report here.
This document outlines civil society’s views on implementation of SCR 1325 and related women, peace and security commitments in Europe and includes 10 suggestions for further progress. Read the report here.
While there has been some progress since the Beijing Platform for Action in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment, participants at the Workshop-cum-Expert Group Meeting on the Institutional Strengthening of National Women’s Machineries in South and South-West Asia, held in Bangkok from 18 to 21 January 2011, point out the additional efforts and innovative long term/integrated approaches needed to accelerate the strengthening of national women’s machineries (NWMs). Read the report here.
Comparing National Action Plans for UNSCR 1325 in Europe, see here.
GNWP's Civil Society Monitoring Report for Liberia. Find report here.
GNWP's Civil Society Monitoring Report for the Philippines. Read the report here.
GNWP's Civil Society Monitoring Report for Nepal. Read the report here.
GNWP's Civil Society Monitoring Report for Rwanda. Read the report here.
GNWP's Civil Society Monitoring Report for Sierra Leone. Read the report here.
GNWP's Civil Society Monitoring Report on Uganda. Read the report here.
GNWP's Civil Society Monitoring Report on Sweden. Read the report here.
WILPF statement on US NAP (2011); See here.
Policy Brief on Drafting and Adopting National Action Plans for the Implementation of Resolution 1325 in the Countries of Southeast Europe (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro), see here.
This report is submitted by Women in Black, Serbia in order to draw attention to the absence of the implementation on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, Security in Serbia, and the non-transparent and non-democratic process of preparing the National Action Plan on Resolution 1325. This report is largely based on Women in Black grassroots activities in the field and its network – women organizations around Serbia with their comprehensive experiences in peace and anti-military activism. See report here.
Read the Statement here.
Read the article here.
The key messages from the workshop, please find here.
Read the policy brief here.
The objective of this e-Discussion is to illustrate how women in politics and other policy makers active in the implementation of UNSCR 1325 have responded to persisting challenges and new opportunities that are particular to the Arab region. It seeks to encourage knowledge sharing among different audiences from experts and academia to practitioners and policy-makers from across regions with a view to collect case studies and best practices which can be replicated in the Arab region. Respondents are encouraged to highlight efforts of regional responses and strategies and identify fruitful partnerships for increased coordination, implementation and monitoring of UNSCR 1325 in the Arab region. Download the file here.
The paper discusses key findings and trends emerging from 20 case studies in Europe of NAPs implementation. Read the paper here.