2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace, and Security
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2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace, and Security, a ground-breaking resolution that was spearheaded by women leaders and organizations.
It is the first resolution that recognized women’s leadership to achieve international peace and security and their contributions to conflict prevention, peacekeeping, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding.
Though women are active agents of peace, their leadership remains largely unrecognized. UN Peacekeeping continues to push for their full, equal, and meaningful participation in peace processes.
The implementation of women, peace, and security priorities is a key political commitment in the Secretary-General’s Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative, which reaffirms that women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in peace processes and political solutions is essential for effective peacekeeping and sustainable peace outcomes.
While multiple gains have been made to strengthen women’s participation over the years, whether as peacekeepers or as leaders in their own country’s peace and political processes, 20 years and ten resolutions later, it is clear that much more remains to be done. Women leaders across diverse networks and organizations continue to lead conflict resolution and informally broker peace at regional, national, and community levels and conduct political advocacy to realize their full participation in peace and political processes.
However, women remain predominantly in the periphery of formal peace processes, even in instances where they have been signatories to peace agreements, such as in South Sudan and the Central African Republic.