Women and Armed Conflict
11 October - 19 November 1999
Working Group Summaries
About the Working Group
In 1995 the Fourth World Conference on Women agreed on a Platform for Action (PfA), which called upon governments, the International community and civil society, including non-governmental organizations, to:
Sustainable peace and security, together with sustained efforts towards the achievement of peaceful transformation of violent conflict, were seen as pre-conditions for economic and social progress as well as for women's equality. The PfA recognised that women are increasingly central actors in a variety of capacities in the movement of humanity for peace.
The PfA discussed this concern and the situation of women in armed conflict and identified six strategic objectives:
Since the Beijing Conference we have witnessed a growth in the number of civil conflicts and an increase in abuse of the human rights of women and girls by state and non-state actors alike. In the last five years there has been an increasing awareness of the need to address the critical needs and rights of women and girls both in the context of conflict and also in post-conflict reconstruction and rehabilitation of war torn societies.
The objective of the WOMEN AND ARMED CONFLICT working group is to explore and synthesize experiences in protecting women and girls and in promoting a meaningful role for them both in preventing conflict and in post-conflict reconstruction and peacekeeping. We also want to hear your views on emerging issues that relate to women in armed conflict.
The discussion is organised around five themes:
The outcomes of this working group will also be fed into an international campaign "From the village council to the negotiating table: Women in peace-building" convened by International Alert. Information about this campaign will be sent to you shortly.
We look forward to discussing and sharing your experiences and ideas in relation to women, armed conflict and peace-building. Your ideas will give life and will bring grassroots women to the heart of the Beijing +5 Review. Join the exchange and provide your input!