Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) was unanimously adopted by the United Nations Security Council on the 31st of October 2000. UNSCR 1325 was groundbreaking because it was the first time the Security Council addressed the disproportionate and specific impact of armed conflict on women and recognized women as crucial agents for conflict prevention, peace processes, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and the overall resolution of conflict. The resolution stresses women’s full and equal participation as actors for peace and security.
While UNSCR 1325 is recognized as a groundbreaking and unprecedented document, it does not stand on its own; a number of resolutions, treaties, conventions, statements and reports preceded it and it has been followed by six additional security council resolutions on women, peace, and security namely 1820,1888,1889, 1960, 2106, and 2122.
Despite an extensive policy framework, the women, peace, and security agenda remains largely unimplemented both within the UN system itself and among its member states.
Key Provisions of UNSCR 1325
- Increased participation and representation of women at all levels of decision-making.
- Attention to specific protection needs of women and girls in conflict.
- Gender perspective in post-conflict processes.
- Gender perspective in UN programming, reporting and in Security Council missions. Gender perspective & training in UN peace support operations.
Who is responsible for implementation?
The Security Council, Member States, UN entities, the Secretary General, and parties to conflict.
Access UNSCR 1325 here.
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