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29 October 2015

Speech is Silver, Action is Golden: On the 15th anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 "Women, Peace and Security"

Press Release: Cologne, October 29, 2015. Fifteen years ago, on October 31, 2000, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1325 on “Women, Peace and Security”. Its main demands are the participation of women in peace processes and the protection of women from sexualised violence during armed conflict. “Neither the United Nations nor its member states have yet implemented the resolution in a satisfactory way,” states Monika Hauser, founder of the women’s rights organisation medica mondiale.

Resolute political measures are needed

"Resolute political measures are needed," says Ms Hauser, "especially from the German federal government." Practical measures should include stronger support from Germany's ambassadors for the participation of local women's organisations in peace processes. Ambassadors also need to protect women's rights defenders and denounce cases of sexualised violence. An important starting point here would be the provision of special training for diplomats. Additionally, the German Foreign Office needs to consider the issue of gender justice when implementing policies in the fields of crisis prevention, stabilisation and post-conflict rehabilitation.

Implementation is still lagging

For the fifteenth anniversary, the UN Security Council commissioned an independent expert assessment on the implementation of Resolution 1325. It was designed to identify shortcomings and challenges, and propose courses of action. On October 14, 2015, the results were published in New York as a Global Study. The conclusion is: Implementation of all its provisions is still lagging.

Recommendations of the study on the implementation of Resolution 1325

medica mondiale supports the recommendations of the study: In addition to the prevention of conflicts, criminal prosecution of rape also plays an important role. Criminal law investigations need to take place for serious crimes against women and girls and perpetrators need to be brought to justice. "However, condemnation should not be reserved only for individual acts of violence," warns Ms Hauser, "since we need to bring an end to general underlying discrimination against women and girls." If endeavours for peace are to succeed, it is essential to involve local groups and initiatives. It is also just as important to ensure that adequate funds and resources are available for practical implementation.