Virtual Consultation on Women, Peace, and Security at 20: Progress, Gaps, and Opportunities

Leading up to the 20th anniversary in October 2020 of UNSCR 1325, the landmark resolution of the women, peace, and security (WPS) agenda, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is convening a three-day online consultation, conducted through Platform4Dialogue, from 15-17 September, to hear from WILPF members, partners, peacebuilders, and other relevant WPS practitioners on their assessment of the WPS agenda implementation. Ahead of the consultation, we will solicit input from registering participants on areas of discussion.

Date: The online consultation will take place over the course of three days, from September 15-17, 2020.

Format: This three-day consultation will consist of asynchronous, text-based thematic discussions, allowing participants to log in and contribute at their convenience from anywhere in the world. Each day will have a different thematic focus. Participants can contribute to discussions anonymously, if they choose to do so.

Language: The main language will be English, but participants can also use the automatic translation feature to participate in Arabic, French, or Spanish.

Time Commitment: The online system allows participants to contribute at their convenience and within their own time zone by taking just a few minutes a day to make their contributions to the discussion by posting comments, responses, ideas, and questions.

Expectations: We ask participants to log in and join the discussion at least once on each day, or more often if you choose to do so. For each day’s discussion, participants will read brief introductory reflection pieces, question prompts, and comments of other participants.

Outcome: Findings and recommendations from this consultation will inform the report that will be published in October reflecting on “The Road to 2020: 20 Years of Security Council Resolution 1325.” No participant will be quoted publicly without separate consent, and participants may choose to remain anonymous.


How will participation benefit my work?

This consultation is envisioned as a community building exercise to bring together WPS practitioners and peacebuilders, working both at the local and global levels, to discuss posted questions, share expertise, and strategize for future action on WPS implementation. By participating in this consultation, you will:

  • Share knowledge, ask questions, learn from others, expand your network, and tap into community resources on WPS implementation.

  • Inform WPS advocacy and policy making with your priorities, developing collective, concrete suggestions for moving beyond words and implementing commitments.

  • Gain insight from others around the world who are grappling with similar or very different situations where WPS implementation remains critical, and connect with others for cross-regional collaboration.

Please express interest in participating by filling out this form by 12 September 2020. If you know of other colleagues who you think might be interested in this consultation, please feel free to share the application link with them as well!

If you have any questions about the consultation, please contact Senem Kaptan at

If you have any questions about registration, please contact