Does the Security Council incorporate the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda when it travels on field missions?
This section monitors Security Council periodic field trips or missions to conflict and post-conflict countries, normally to locations where there is a Council-mandated mission.
Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) acknowledged that these missions should: “take into account gender considerations and the rights of women, including through consultation with local and international women’s groups.” WILPF monitors, where information is available, select missions to analyse the WPS content of the trips and the incorporation of gender issues in final reports.
Security Council Resolution 2242 adopted in October 2015 recognised the importance of interacting with civil society, particularly organisations, during field missions and specifically in deploying gender advisors and providing technical support.
Field missions provide a rare and unique opportunity to better understand the impact conflict has on women, their efforts to resolve hostilities, the challenges they face in seeking to raise awareness and address these issues, and the gender dimensions of situations on the Council's agenda. Council members can receive direct information on the implementation of its WPS Agenda on the ground and raise key concerns with relevant stakeholders.
According to our analysis, of 23 missions undertaken since 2010, the Security Council met with civil society representatives in 13 missions (57%) and discussed the issues relevant to WPS in 16 missions (70%). The most notable visit took place in the Lake Chad Basin region (Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria), where the Council met with women political and communal leaders to address the humanitarian crisis in the region, including inadequate aid and services in IDP camps. In the Central African Republic and Timor Leste, the Council also met with civil society leaders to discuss challenges in the inclusion of women in political and reconciliation processes.