In October 2015, the Security Council held a High-Level Review on Women, Peace and Security in honour of the 15th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. The Review included a Security Council debate on October 13th and an independent Global Study launched on October 14th, 2015. The Review presents a critical opportunity to increase women’s meaningful participation in conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts, as well as ensure the protection of women's human rights. Though this milestone is a notable source of inspiration, we must continue to move forward 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 emerging obstacles. Many actions, initiatives, and events took place around the world marking the 15th Anniversary.
WILPF actively hosted events and activities to ensure that the voices of global peacemakers' were 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 organisations, academics and research institutes for the Global Study.
How can we best use the High-Level Review and the 15th Anniversary to move the implementation forward, to realise action and to impact change?
To learn about what happened in October in New York, read about the Global Study, WILPF recommendations, actions and events, other civil society recommendations and advocacy activities below.
Read our report on UNSCR 1325+15 here.
The Global Study on Women, Peace and Security was launched on October 14th, 2015, and was called for by the UN Security Council Resolution 2122 (2013). The Lead Author of the Global Study was Radhika Coomaraswamy.
WILPF and partners engaged in many ways in the 2015 High-Level Review. PeaceWomen led WILPF’s work in mobilising over the whole month to build momentum for a 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 a 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 the High-Level Global Review in October 2015.
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 released demands and advocacy calls in our 2015 Civil Society Women, Peace and Security Roadmap ahead of October's 15th anniversary of UNSCR 1325.