On 23 April 2019, Germany and the United Kingdom, in collaboration with UN Women, co-hosted a High-Level Commitments event on Women, Peace and Security preparing for the 20th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000). The main purpose of this meeting was to invite Member States and UN entities to each commit to a specific action or achievement to be implemented between April 2019 and October 2020, during the lead-up to the 20th anniversary of the resolution. The meeting was co-chaired by the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Germany, H.E. Mr. Heiko Maas and the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict of the United Kingdom, Lord Tariq Ahmad with opening remarks by Assistant Secretary-General/Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Asa Regnér.
The event was attended by the Former President of Liberia, H.E. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf – the first female Head of State in Africa and one the pioneers of the Women Peace and Security agenda – as well as Member States, regional organizations, Permanent Observers, UN entities, and civil society.
During the meeting, Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of CTED, Michèle Coninsx, highlighted the growing awareness of the need to integrate the Security Council’s agendas on Women, Peace and Security and on counter-terrorism and to include gender considerations in all counter-terrorism and CVE efforts. ASG Coninsx underscored the important roles that women play in countering and preventing terrorism and violent extremism. She also stressed that there remains an urgent need to better understand the drivers of female radicalization as well as the differential impact of counter-terrorism strategies on women’s human rights. The Executive Director reaffirmed CTED’s commitment to execute “its mandate in a gender-sensitive way, in line with the relevant Security Council resolutions, and to support the leadership and participation of women and women’s organizations in counter-terrorism efforts across the globe.”
At the meeting, CTED made specific commitments in two key areas of its mandate. First, CTED committed to redoubling its efforts to ensure that gender is integrated into its country assessment work and increase the number of recommendations to Member States with regard to gender-sensitive counter-terrorism and CVE policies.. Secondly, CTED pledged to deepen the evidence base on the drivers of female radicalization to terrorism and the impacts of counter-terrorism strategies on women’s human rights by gathering and disseminating gender-sensitive research and holding relevant research-focused events with the participation of women’s civil society representatives and academics.