Did you know that just under half (45%) of country-specific Security Council resolutions from 2000-2012 include language on women and gender, and only about a quarter (25%) of countries have National Action Plans on implementing Women, Peace and Security commitments? In an effort to combat this gender bias, PeaceWomen launched our expanded edition Women, Peace and Security mobile application on December 10th, Human Rights Day and the culmination of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. This app is a tool for activists at all levels to monitor the international community's progress on integrating gender into its laws and policies. The app contains six sections: About Women Peace and Security, News, Security Council Tools and Analysis, WPS Resolutions and Statements, National Implementation, and Civil Society's Key Role.
The Security Council section of the app is based on PeaceWomen's 2012 Women, Peace and Security Handbook with good practice language and recommendations on incorporating gender and women's rights into the work of the United Nations Security Council. This section is designed particularly for Security Council negotiations. In the National Implementation section, all National Action Plans are included along with recommendations on key components. The civil society section contains important notes on why civil society engagement is necessary and what key resources are available to enable strong and meaningful implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The texts of all seven Women, Peace and Security resolutions (1325, 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2106, and 2122) are included for easy reference and use. The first edition of this app was the first ever of its kind, and this edition continues to break new ground in creating accessible and powerful advocacy tools. Please download it, use it in your advocacy and education, and give us feedback on your experience!