Women, security and participation: a no-brainer

14 Sep

The evidence is clear: increased participation of women in policy and practice makes a massive contribution to development, peacebuilding and other areas of societal progress.

The UN GA Resolution 1325 in 2000 promotes the “role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, and in peacebuilding, and … their equal participation and full involvement of all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.” The Security Council formally approved indicators to track implementation. While encouraging rhetoric from many states has been heard and a limited number have adopted National Action Plans to implement 1325, many experts on women’s participation have been disappointed by states’ commitments to fully implement 1325.

Women’s subject to violence and lack of security remains a huge impediment to progressing the participation of women. A lack of security immobilizes women which excludes them from education (a key MDG). And greater education means greater participation in political decision making. Luckily there have been a few success stories of post-conflict transitional opportunities has seen increased role for women. Through education and training, women are filling gaps previously held by men.

Education, training and assisting with grass-roots orientated programs, and improving domestic security are clearly ways forward. See GAPW’s statement to the
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women’s urging for action on this pressing issue:


– Kees Keizer












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