Engaging civil society as briefers and across cycles of work in the Security Council provides a key opportunity for building strong partnerships for change. Following recommendations from the 2015 Global Study on Women, Peace and Security and commitments in Resolution 2242 (2015), the first civil society briefer to the Security Council on a geographic agenda item addressed the Security Council on 2 December 2016 upon the invitation of Spain as the Security Council President. Victoria Wollie, National Coordinator in Liberia for the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, briefed the Security Council, including on women’s representation in national legislature and local districts, the impact of harmful traditional practices and the need for increased financial support for women civil society. Spain’s initiative spearheaded action by other Security Council Members. As of October 2018, Member States had invited 19 civil society briefers (including 15 local women civil society briefers) on thematic and geographic agenda items. Participation by women civil society has contributed to strengthening gendered root cause analysis and increasing the visibility and recognition of women’s leadership for peace in local, national and international fora.
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