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Security Council Resolution 1325: A Tool for Conflict Prevention?

  • Felicity Ruby
Part of the Thinking Gender in Transnational Times book series (THINKGEN)

Abstract

The debate on Security Council Resolution 1325 (SCR 1325) when it was adopted in 2000,1 and its follow-up over the years since then, has brought into sharper focus the enormous potential contribution of women as stakeholders of peace, disarmament and conflict prevention. The result has been a greater awareness of the gender dimensions of security issues, and conflict and post-conflict situations, throughout the international community. Even the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is convening workshops on the significance of SCR 1325 to its work.2 As Director of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) at the time of SCR 1325’s adoption, based in the New York office, I participated in the transnational advocacy network that brought it into being. A website I started soon after it was adopted, in order to monitor its implementation, continues to be widely used.3 As noted across this collection, in the international policy world and in the community of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the gender and security nexus is enjoying attention as never before. Indeed, the Security Council has adopted several follow-up resolutions since 2008.4 Collapsed into the short hand of four numbers ‘1325’ — 10 preambular paragraphs and 18 operational paragraphs — represents a good chunk of WILPF’s almost 100 years of international activism for peace.

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United Nations Security Council Armed Conflict Military Spending International Peace 
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Notes

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