Women and girls have a specific set of concerns during conflict, when disarmament processes begins and as reconciliation unfolds. Historically, however, little has been done to address their needs during conflict, or to ensure their participation in conflict resolution and post-conflict peace building.
On October 31, 2000, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Security Council Resolution 1325 (SCR 1325) on women, peace and security. As a founding member of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, the Women's Refugee Commission was instrumental in making SCR 1325 a reality. This historic resolution calls on the UN Secretary General, countries that are members of the UN and all parties to armed conflict to address the distinct impact of armed conflict on women and to recognize women's vital role in conflict resolution, peacekeeping and peacebuilding.
SCR 1325 has increased awareness in the international community of the needs of women and girls affected by conflict and their contributions to stabilizing communities and fostering reconciliation. And its principles have been further elaborated in Security Council Resolutions 1889, 1820, 1888, 1960, and most recently 2106, which was adopted June 2013. However, despite having a robust framework to address these issues, much remains to be done.
The Women's Refugee Commission applauds the progress made by the UN system and its partners to date, and actively works for full implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda at the UN. As an organization, we are committed to actively undertaking advocacy to ensure that the UN and its members support and recognize the work of women, who are the linchpins of their communities and whose contributions are key to putting their countries back on the path to peace and security.