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General Women, Peace and Security

Security Council Resolution 1325

This sub-theme focuses on information related to Resolution 1325 itself. 

The first resolution on women, peace and security, Security Council Resolution 1325 (SCR1325), was unanimously adopted by United Nations Security Council on 31 October 2000. SCR1325 marked the first time the Security Council addressed the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women; recognized the under-valued and under-utilized contributions women make to conflict prevention, peacekeeping, conflict resolution and peace-building. It also stressed the importance of women’s equal and full participation as active agents in peace and security.

SCR1325 is binding upon all UN Member States and the adoption of the Resolution marked an important international political recognition that women and gender are relevant to international peace and security.

While SCR 1325 is recognized as a historic and unprecedented document, it does not exist in a vacuum; many resolutions, treaties, conventions, statements and reports preceded it, and thus, form its foundation and an integral part of the women, peace and security policy framework.

The Security Council has marked the anniversary of this resolution annually to reaffirm its commitment to the spirit of the resolution and to highlight progress made in the area of women, peace and security. However, there remain major gaps in implementation and accountability for that implementation. The Security Council has itself not yet instituted a mechanism of accountability to further the implementation of the founding resolution, despite more than a decade of calls from Civil Society.

Key Provisions of SCR 1325:
• Increased participation and representation of women at all levels of decision-making.
• Attention to specific protection needs of women and girls in conflict.
• Gender perspective in post-conflict processes.
• Gender perspective in UN programming, reporting and in SC missions.
• Gender perspective & training in UN peace support operations.

Key Actors responsible for implementation of SCR 1325 include: the Security Council; Member States; UN entities; the Secretary General; and parties to conflict.

Security Council Resolution 1325 - Basics


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  • July 15, 2014 (Jerusalem Post)
    ISRAEL: MKs Call to Put More Women in Key Defense, Diplomatic Positions More women should play instrumental roles in determining the country's defense and diplomatic policies, MKs said at a joint meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women.
  • July 2, 2014 (allAfrica)
    AFRICA: Global Consultation to Advance a Transformative Women, Peace and Security Agenda With the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 around the corner, the Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) will hold its Global Consultation on "Gender & Militarism: Analyzing the Links to Strategize for Peace" from July 2-4, in the Town Hall of Cape Town, South Africa. The Consultation will bring together more than 55 activists and academics from all over the world to discuss and analyze the links between gender & militarism in the framework of broadening the current Women, Peace and Security agenda, including UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and strengthening its transformative components.
  • June 20, 2014 (The Himalayan)
    NEPAL: Key Victims Know Too Little About 'National Action Plan' The gender audit in peace building programme conducted in 10 districts from March-May 2014 states that the victims of decade-long insurgency are the least informed people about National Action Plan 1325. The research states that out of 45 survivors/victims who were interviewed, only 17 were informed about t National Action Plan 1325 and that the key victims were least informed about it.
  • June 20, 2014 (The Guardian)
    NIGERIA: Why Were Women's Groups Excluded from Meeting on Nigerian Security? Despite the buzzwords at the star-studded summit, and the immense mobilisation around #BringBackOurGirls, Nigerian women's civil society was excluded from the meeting about security in Nigeria, held on the margins of the London summit last Thursday.
  • June 18, 2014 (Ghana News Agency)
    GHANA: Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation of UNSCR 1325 Underway A three-day training workshop on the monitoring and evaluation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 in West Africa, is underway in Accra.

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    PeaceWomen promotes the role of women in preventing conflict, and the equal and full participation of women in all efforts to create and maintain international peace and security. PeaceWomen amplifies the voices and priorities of women and helps to empower women as agents of change in their communities.

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Key Provisions of SCR 1325:

Increased participation and representation of women at all levels of decision-making.

Attention to specific protection needs of women and girls in conflict.

Gender perspective in post-conflict processes.

Gender perspective in UN programming, reporting and in SC missions.

Gender perspective & training in UN peace support operations

Key Actors addressed in SCR 1325:

The Security Council; Member States; All Actors (including parties to armed conflict); and the Secretary General.