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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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  • March 12, 2014 (BalkanInsight)
    KOSOVO: On the Trail of Women's Independence in Kosovo: Resolution 1325 There have been so many workshops, long reports written, and so much advocacy and human rights actions on the ground (while awaiting the government of Kosovo to take forward steps) that Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security eventually became just that: another UN resolution. Now, 14 years after its publication in 2000 and following a long battle fought by civil society organizations, the approval of a National Action Plan (NAP) on January 29 has brought hope to all of the people involved in the difficult task of repairing the damage caused to women during the war of 1999 and involving women in postwar peace-building and peacekeeping activities. But what does it all mean? And why is the government's decision being greeted with such skepticism?
  • February 21, 2014 (Global Voices)
    COLOMBIA: There will be No Peace in Colombia without Women The documentation centre No habrá paz sin las mujeres [There will be no peace without women] enables female leaders, professionals and survivors of the armed conflict in Colombia to express themselves and share their experiences so that, according to the website, the lifework they have dedicated to peace is not forgotten.
  • February 19, 2014 (Sierra Express Media)
    SIERRA LEONE: For GBV Women Demand Justice in Sierra Leone The women of Port Loko District on Valentine's Day celebrated the first One Billion rising in Africa V-Day on the theme Strike, Dance and Demand Justice from the police, education, health and the judiciary.
  • February 18, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
    COLOMBIA: UK takes Campaign to Stop War-zone Rape to Colombia Britain's foreign minister William Hague has urged world leaders to make tackling and rape in armed conflicts a top global priority.
  • February 18, 2014 (Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy)
    EL SALVADOR: Women in El Salvador ready to Take Charge after Women Leadership in Politics Course On 14 January 2014 the closing ceremony of the VII course on Women Leadership was held in the municipality of Antiguo Cuscatlan, in El Salvador. This post-graduate course on participation and leadership of women in politics was organized by the Association of Parliamentarians and Former Parliamentarians of El Salvador (ASPARLEXAL) in coordination with the Business Foundation for Educational Development (FEPADE), the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and Cordaid. The event was chaired by representatives of the Board of ASPARLEXAL, the Ambassador of Canada in El Salvador and representatives of NIMD, Cordaid and FEPADE.

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  • BRIEFING: Rape and Sexual Violence by the Burmese Army, Burma Campaign UK, April 16, 2014 | Download PDF
  • REPORT: Women Count - Security Council Resolution 1325: Civil Society Monitoring Report 2013, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, April 7, 2014
  • FIELD STUDY: "Varying Perceptions, One Outcome", ABAAD, March 31, 2014 | Download PDF
  • REPORT: Three Years of Conflict and Displacement. How this Crisis is Impacting Syrian Women and Girls, International Rescue Commitee, March 17, 2014 | Download PDF
  • REPORT: Moving forward on Women, Peace and Security: Next Steps for the UK government , WOMANKIND, February 28, 2014 | Download PDF




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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.