Outcome of the EU/NATO High-level event on Women, Peace and Security

04 February 2010

On 27 January 2010, European Commission VP Margot Wallström and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen hosted an event on women, peace and security with the participation of Spanish First Vice-President Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega and Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

The participants signalled strong political support to implement UN Security Council resolution 1325 and subsequent resolutions on women, peace and security, initiating this year’s substantive work that will culminate in late 2010 in a UN-organised ministerial review conference on women, peace and security.

The conference’s participants also discussed proposals for further concrete action to protect women and children from violence and to include women at all levels of crisis management and in peacebuilding processes. They made specific recommendations including:

  • pay more attention to women’s needs in post-conflict reconstruction funding, acknowledge and take into account women and girl combatants in Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration processes and account for both men and women in Security Sector Reform processes;
  • continue to engage with civil society, particularly local women’s groups in countries affected by armed conflicts, and support its activities related to women’s rights violations during and after armed conflict and to women’s participation to conflict prevention, mediation and resolution.
United Nations INSTRAW

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