DAY 1 // NOVEMBER 25, 2012
Women, Peace and Security
NOVEMBER 26, 2012
UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security
Kosovo is currently developing an Action Plan for the Implementation of 1325 and will be submitted to the government for its approval at the end of the year.

Elements of Resolution 1325 are also incorporated in other institutions and laws, such as the gender machinery in both Kosovo Police and Security Forces, the Gender Equality Law, the election quota, the anti-trafficking strategy and domestic violence law.
In 2000, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1325, recognizing the different impact that war has on women and men, and the important role women and girls have in both preventing conflict and achieving sustainable peace once conflict has ended. This was the first time that a direct link was created between women’s rights and security, thereby acknowledging that we cannot have lasting peace when women and girls feel insecure and are discriminated against by not providing them with the opportunity to contribute to their own future economically, socially, politically and culturally.

The Security Council has passed four other resolutions on women, peace and security (UNSCR 1820, 1888, 1889 and 1960) which focus on improving protection against sexual violence in conflict and ensuring accountability by bringing perpetrators to justice and ending impunity.

What does Resolution 1325 mean?

The Resolution asks governments to increase the number of women in all decision-making positions, including in government and in security institutions such as the police and army as well as to include women and a gender perspective in all peace building initiatives. Besides participation, it calls for prevention and protection from gender based violence and asks governments to train people on the importance of gender and security and to increase the amount of resources it allocates to gender equality issues.

Why is Resolution 1325 so important?

Resolution 1325 is legally binding, meaning that all UN Member States have to pay attention to women’s subordinate position, both in times of war and peace.

This is a powerful resolution because it links women’s rights and security. The main insecurities for women, like sexual and gender based violence, exclusion from decision-making levels in society, access to law-making and taking part in peace processes are addressed in the resolution. Implementation of the Resolution means that women have the opportunity to make their voice heard and speak out on behalf of women and girls in general. Women often act as bridges between division in the communities created by race, religion, politics and ethnicity. Also, when empowered to influence their own future, they are inspirations and role models for future generations of both girls and boys.
Women’s perspectives, needs and concerns not only influence law and policy for the benefit of women and girls, but also help achieve inclusive peace and security for communities and the whole of society.

There is still work to do!

In the last 25 years, only 1 in 40 signatures to peace treaties have been women. And between 1990 and 2010 only 92 out of 585 peace accords actually mentioned women, and only 12 mentioned women’s needs in rehabilitation and reconstruction

It is the right of every woman to make choices about her life and to help make choices about the future of her country. Both men and women, and boys and girls needs to work together to make a change! Be a part of that Change!

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DAY 3 // NOVEMBER 27, 2012
Gender based violence
DAY 4 // NOVEMBER 28, 2012
Conflict Related Sexual Violence
DAY 5 // NOVEMBER 29, 2012
Transitional Justice