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“Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Security Council resolution #1325”
Global Network of Women Peacebuilders

2020 is a pivotal year as the global community marks the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women and Peace and Security (WPS), and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA). The adoption of UNSCR 1325 and the BPfA were critical turning points in the fight for women’s rights and gender equality. They also committed governments to women’s meaningful participation at all stages of conflict resolution, conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconstruction.

UNSCR 1325 marked the first time in history that the Security Council addressed the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women. It also formally recognized their contribution to conflict resolution and prevention. Women are not viewed as passive victims, but as active agents in peace and security - as mediators, peacebuilders and advisors at the local, national and international levels.

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Through its four priority areas (known as pillars) - participation, protection, prevention and relief and recovery – the resolution highlights women’s and men’s differential experiences in war, promises to protect women’s rights and ensure their equal participation in peace processes. The supporting resolutions including UNSCR 1820, 1888, 1960, 2106, 2242 and 2467 underscored the use of rape and other forms of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

You are invited to celebrate progress made, recommit to moving UNSCR 1325 forward and pay tribute to women peacebuilders. The UNSCR 1325 is a groundbreaking document that is a product of concerted efforts by women’s and civil society organizations inside and outside of the UN. Twenty years later, UNSCR 1325 remains a transformative instrument to put women at the core of global leadership and all efforts to prevent conflict and end the scourge of war.

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP)

Soon-Young Yoon 
Co-Driver, Feminist and Women’s Movement Action Plan (FwMAP)

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