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. Women have a unique perspective and specific set of concerns during conflict, when disarmament processes begin and as reconciliation unfolds. 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. However, while some progress has been made, much remains to be done.
The Women's Refugee Commission works for full implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda at the UN. It undertakes 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.