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Mainstreaming a gender perspective in peace and security is a process of assessing the implications for women and men of all planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.

It is a strategy for making women's as well as men's concerns and experiences an integral dimension of design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all political, economic and social spheres so that women and men benefit equally, and inequality is not perpetuated.

The ultimate goal is to achieve gender equality and to build sustainable peace and security.
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UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict

Stop Rape Now!

A new, cross-UN initiative, the UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict, is committed to prevent all forms of gender-based violence, including sexual violence, in conflict and to support survivors. It will work with national governments and NGO partners to:

· Generate public awareness on the growing use of sexual violence as a weapon of warfare, and how to prevent it;
· End impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict;
· Improve and scale up services for survivors;
· Address the longer term impacts of sexual violence on communities and national development.

For more information,
>> Download 2-pager in: English | French | Spanish
>> Download brochure in: English | French | Spanish
>> Go to StopRapeNow.org


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UN System-wide action plan for the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000)

In its Presidential Statement of 28 October 2004 (S/PRST/2004/40), the Security Council requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Security Council, in October 2005, an action plan, with time lines, for implementing resolution 1325 (2000) across the United Nations system, with a view to strengthening commitment and accountability at the highest levels, as well as to allow for improved accountability, monitoring and reporting on progress on implementation within the United Nations system.

» Action Plan 2005-2007 (PDF, 203 KB)
» Implementation Review of the Action Plan 2005-2007

» Updated Action Plan 2008-2009
 

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Download and print the poster "Gender Equality: Building Sustainable Peace":

Poster in English
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» PDF format (2.1 MB)

Poster in French
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» PDF format (2.8 MB)

High-Resolution PDF
(for large print-outs)
» English (PDF, 15.6 MB)
» French (PDF, 15.6 MB)
 

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"We stress the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peacebuilding. We reaffirm our commitment to the full and effective implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women and peace and security. We also underline the importance of integrating a gender perspective and of women having the opportunity for equal participation and full involvement in all efforts to maintain and promote peace and security, as well as the need to increase their role in decision-making at all levels. We strongly condemn all violations of the human rights of women and girls in situations of armed conflict and the use of sexual exploitation, violence and abuse, and we commit ourselves to elaborating and implementing strategies to report on, prevent and punish gender-based violence."

2005 World Summit Outcome, paragraph 116
 

2013: United Nations Security Council Open Debate

On 18 October 2013, the UN Security Council demonstrated renewed determination to put women's leadership at the centre of all efforts to resolve conflict and promote peace. By unanimous vote, the Council adopted a resolution that sets in place stronger measures to enable women to participate in conflict resolution and recovery, and puts the onus on the Security Council, the United Nations, regional organizations and Member States to dismantle the barriers, create the space, and provide seats at the table for women. The Resolution puts in place a roadmap for a more systematic approach to the implementation of commitments on women, peace and security. Concretely, these measures include: the development and deployment of technical expertise for peacekeeping missions and UN mediation teams supporting peace talks; improved access to timely information and analysis on the impact of conflict on women and women's participation in conflict resolution in reports and briefings to the Council; and strengthened commitments to consult as well as include women directly in peace talks. Read more »

On 24 June 2013, the UN Security Council held a debate on the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict, chaired by UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague. The Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict Debate looked at accountability for crimes of sexual violence on the national level and how the UN can better support countries in holding perpetrators to account. The UN Security Council sent a strong signal to perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict that their crimes will not be tolerated by adopting a new Resolution (UNSCR 2106). Read more »

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In 2000, the Security Council adopted its landmark resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security. Resolution 1325 and the six subsequent presidential statements on women, peace and security...
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  Background to Resolution 1325
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From the UN Charter to Security Council
resolution 1325


It took several decades and many different actors until the Security Council held its first debate ever on women, peace and security and adopted resolution 1325 on 31 October 2000. Member States, the UN system and civil society played a role in national and international processes to promote the goal of gender equality and recognize the central role of women in conflict prevention, peace processes and peacebuilding.
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  National Implementation of Resolution 1325
Following up on the implementation of the resolution, in Presidential Statements S/PRST/2004/40 and S/PRST/2005/52, the Security Council called on Member States to continue to implement resolution 1325 (2000), including through the development of national action plans or other national level strategies. The creation of an action plan provides an opportunity to initiate strategic actions, identify priorities and resources, and determine the responsibilities and timeframes...
» Read more and view national action plans

In keeping with the spirit and objectives of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (now part of UN Women), with the sponsorship of Norway, has undertaken a project to strengthen the implementation of the resolution at the regional and national levels through awareness-raising and capacity-building.

As part of this project, two High-Level Policy Dialogues (HLPD) on the National Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000)were organized by OSAGI (now part of UN Women). One HLPD for Latin America and the Caribbean was organised by OSAGI (now part of UN Women) in collaboration with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and hosted by ECLAC in Santiago, Chile, from 19 to 21 November 2007. Participants came from Ministries of defense, foreign affairs, justice and women/gender, as well as from parliaments. Another one for Africa was organized by OSAGI in collaboration with the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and hosted by ECA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 6 to 8 February 2008. The key objectives of the HLPDs were to raise awareness among government officials in Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa about the importance of national implementation of SCR 1325 (2000), highlight key areas of concern, and build their capacity for the development of national action plans/strategies.

» Download the final reports of the meetings and the needs assessment reports commissioned by OSAGI (now part of UN Women)
  Peacebuilding Commission
Image The creation of a Peacebuilding Commission was proposed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his report "In larger freedom: towards development, security and human rights for all" (A/59/2005) of 21 March 2005.
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» Outcome Document of the 2005 World Summit
» Letter by Women Ministers for Foreign Affairs
» Women in the peacebuilding process:
   Informal interactive debate of the Third Committee

» United Nations Peacebuilding Commission
 
  Documents

Security Council resolution 1325 (2000)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

Security Council resolution 1820 (2008)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

Security Council resolution 1888 (2009)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

Security Council resolution 1889 (2009)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

Security Council resolution 1960 (2010)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

Security Council resolution 2106 (2013)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

Presidential Statement 2001 (S/PRST/2001/31)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

Presidential Statement 2002 (S/PRST/2002/32)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

Presidential Statement 2004 (S/PRST/2004/40)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

Presidential Statement 2005 (S/PRST/2005/52)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

Presidential Statement 2006 (S/PRST/2006/42)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

Presidential Statement March 2007 (S/PRST/2007/5)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

Presidential Statement October 2007 (S/PRST/2007/40)
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Presidential Statement 2008 (S/PRST/2008/39)
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Presidential Statement, April 2010 (S/PRST/2010/8)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

Presidential Statement, October 2010 (S/PRST/2010/22)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

2002 Report of the Secretary-General on women, peace and security (S/2002/1154)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

2004 Report of the Secretary-General on women, peace and security (S/2004/814)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

2005 Report of the Secretary-General on women and peace and security (S/2005/636)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

2006 Report of the Secretary-General on women and peace and security (S/2006/770)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

2007 Report of the Secretary-General on women and peace and security (S/2007/567)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

2008 Report of the Secretary-General on women and peace and security (S/2008/622)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

2009 Report of the Secretary-General on women and peace and security (S/2009/465)
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2010 Report of the Secretary-General on women and peace and security (S/2010/173), April 2010
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2010 Report of the Secretary-General on women and peace and security (S/2010/498), September 2010
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

Report of the Secretary-General: "Women’s participation in peacebuilding" (A/65/354–S/2010/466)
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

Secretary-General's Study 2002 "Women, Peace and Security"
[ English ]

Agreed Conclusions of CSW (1998): Women and armed conflict
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Agreed Conclusions of CSW (2004): Women?s equal participation in conflict prevention, management and conflict resolution and in post-conflict peace-building
[ English ]

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
[ English ]

Beijing +5
[ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

ECOSOC Resolution on mainstreaming a gender perspective in all policies and programmes in the United Nations (2004)
[ English ]

ECOSOC Resolution on mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system (2005/31)
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ECOSOC Agreed conclusions 1997/2 on mainstreaming the gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system
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Report of the Secretary-General on gender mainstreaming in peacekeeping activities (February 2003); (A/57/731)
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Report of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations and its Working Group at the 2006 substantive session
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DPKO Policy Directive: Gender Equality in UN Peacekeeping Operations (November 2006)
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OCHA's Gender Equality Policy
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Department of Political Affairs (DPA): Policy Statement on Gender Equality and Strategic Goals of Gender Mainstreaming
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Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (ST/SGB/2003/13)
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Policy dialogue to review strategies for enhancing gender balance among uniformed personnel in peacekeeping missions (Final Report, DPKO, March 2006)
[ English | French ]

UN Strategic Results Framework on Women, Peace and Security: 2011-2020 (PDF, 354 K)
[ English ]

 



A lasting peace cannot be established without the equal participation of women and men and the inclusion of gender perspectives in both formal and informal peace processes.

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  Related Links

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State of the World Population 2010: From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change

Gender Training for Security Sector Personnel

Expert Group Meeting on the Advancement of Women Under War and Conflict Situations (in Arabic)

IANWGE Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality: Taskforce on Women, Peace and Security

1325 +10: 10th Anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UN Women)

Women, War & Peace (UN Women)

WomenWatch: Women and Armed Conflict

Inventory of UN Resources on Women, Peace and Security

FACES: Women as Partners in Peace and Security



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