Local-to-Global: WILPF’s Week At The 17th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325

By Sandra Barron, UNSCR 1325 + 17 Project Consultant

The participants of the “Mobilising Movements for Feminist Peace: Co-Creating Gender Power Analysis Through Meaningful Participation” workshop (Photo: WILPF)

This October marked the 17th Anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and the broader Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda. Although France, the President of the Security Council in October, failed to share a date for the open debate until the very end of September, and did not publicise a concept note for this debate until a few days before it took place, civil society persisted. Together, we were able to leverage the UNSCR 1325+17 anniversary for action!  

During the week, WILPF hosted a delegation of women peace leaders from Bosnia, Colombia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Libya, Nigeria, Palestine and Spain and engaged in a variety of events and engagements. Activists shared recommendations around working towards feminist peace in their local contexts. They exchanged experiences with each other on building a stronger feminist movement for peace, human security and gender justice. They called for concrete action to ensure women’s meaningful participation that goes beyond women’s access to impact. Together, they demanded a transformation of top-down, exclusive, militarised processes towards bottom-up, inclusive and gender-aware action. 

Read the full blog, with links to event summaries, products, and analysis around WILPF’s engagement at the 17th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325 here>>