WANEP/SL, MARWOPNET and the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs will today complete a two days regional consultation on developing a national action plan on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 was passed on October 31, 2000 and was seen as an historic achievement in promoting and supporting the public role of women and women’s organizations in war zones and post-conflict situations. The resolution defines the actions that need to be taken in order to protect women and to ensure that they participate at all levels of peacemaking, peace building and peacekeeping.
The purpose of the consultation is to reaffirm the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflict and in peace building and stressing the importance of equal participation in the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.
Despite the burning issue of women’s participation at senior policy-making levels and despite the call for at least 30% representation of women in governance, peace and security based on the provisions of CEDAW, the Beijing platform for action and the security council resolution 1325.
Giving her keynote address, the deputy minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs Jenneh Kandeh assured the working groups of her ministry’s support in the final preparation of the action plan.
She said effective and sustainable peace, justice and security will not be achieved if all related activities were not looked in to through a gender lens. She buttressed that in order for peace consolidation to effectively integrate gender equality and women’s rights, there was the need to focus both on increased direct participation of women in peace processes as well as on institutional reform that is gender inclusive.