SCR 1325 and 1820: IANSA women join efforts for global indicators

20 November 2009

IANSA women from Argentina, DR Congo, Ghana, Nepal, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Spain, and Uganda participated in an international conference ' Putting Policy into Practice: Monitoring Implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820' in Oslo (Norway) from 11-13 November 2009.

Organised by the Norwegian NGO FOKUS - Forum for Women and Development, the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the conference aimed to develop international standards on how to implement UN Resolutions on women, peace and security.

As we know, the ultimate goal of SCR 1325 is to achieve gender equality and to build sustainable peace and security. Resolution 1325 and the subsequent UN Secretary-General Reports (2002, 2004) support our work on small arms control through the call for:

- women’s increased involvement in decision-making;
- support to local women’s small arms initiatives;
- ending violations of women’s human rights including gender-based violence;
- women’s full inclusion in DDR programmes.

The conference resulted in several recommendations from the over 140 representatives of international women’s organisations, networks, the United Nations and governmental organisations who participated in the event.

One recommendation emphasised the need to develop global indicators that could be used by partners at all level to monitor the success of the full implementation of the Resolutions on Women Peace and Security. Participants worked in small groups to identify actual indicators for women’s protection, representation and participation at national, regional and local levels.

In addition, participants suggested key resources, challenges and capacities that would improve the on the ground ability to implement the resolutions. Key among these identified needs were:

- Improved networking collaboration and information sharing mechanisms;
- Greater emphasis on capacity-building for national-level reporting instructions;
- Integration of gender as a cross-cutting and multi-sectoral issue;

The upcoming tenth anniversary of SCR 1325 next year will be a watershed year for evaluating the process on security for women around the world.

“As SCR 1325 floats upwards and into the haze of bureaucracy and language of governments, we must take care not to lose the most important elements of the Resolution. To me, the issue of widening peace processes to include non-state actors as partners in the process is profound, fundamental and world-changing,” said Sanam Anderlini, of Massachusetts institute of technology and the International Civil Society Action Network.

The event will have several next steps, as suggested by the participants themselves, such as improved and dynamic information sharing with input and resources for improved monitoring. A new platform for exchange, hosted by UN-INSTRAW, will allow sharing of best practices, and improved planning of collaborative efforts.

As a response to the request for improved lobbying materials for Monitoring and Indicator work, FOKUS and INSTRAW will produce a fact sheet to inform stakeholders on the importance of improved evaluation processes.

A full conference report will be available at the end of December and available on the INSTRAW website.

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