Ireland: Good Practice Guide on UN SCR 1325

22 June 2010

This Good Practice Guide seeks to contribute positively to the development of an effective and inclusive Irish National Action Plan (NAP) to implement UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and related commitments on women, peace and security (1820, 1888 and 1889).

It draws extensively on recommendations from previous research undertaken by the Joint Consortium on Gender Based Violence, set out in two key reports - Stepping Up Ireland’s Response to Women, Peace and Security (2008) and Women, Peace and Conflict: UN SCR Resolution 1325 (2009). In addition to providing background information on UNSCR 1325 and Ireland’s efforts to implement the resolution, the main purpose of the Guide is to signpost the eight essential steps to achieving an effective and inclusive National Action Plan. The final section also contains sample strategic objectives, actions, indicators and targets of the type that we can expect to find in a UN SCR 1325 National Action Plan produced to current international standards.

While human rights, development and equality organisations welcome the intention of the Irish Government to adopt a National Action Plan (NAP) to support women in conflict, they warn that the government’s draft plan is flawed.

Civil society organisations made recommendations to ensure Ireland can make a real difference to women’s lives and the positive transformation of conflict-affected societies. The government’s draft plan is expected by the end of June but civil society organisations are urging the government to slow down and develop an inclusive plan by International Women’s Day 2011.

They suggested the government is ignoring the experiences of women involved in conflict and peace processes in Ireland and elsewhere. It is also ignoring the expertise available to it from civil society organisations. The Government set up a consultative group with civil society members but hasn’t taken its recommendations into account.

Susan McKay, Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, said: “Women living in Ireland have vast experience of conflict. Many were centrally involved in developing the Irish peace process and achieving the Good Friday Agreement. Others came here to escape fighting in their own countries.

“Too often, women are seen only as victims of the fighting, and they are excluded from the negotiating table. This ignores the valuable contribution women can make to promoting and maintaining peace, and rebuilding societies following conflicts.

“If our government is serious about ensuring women play a role in conflict resolution then it needs to listen to women who have experience working in the field. Indeed, this is what UN Resolution 1325 is all about.”

Civil society organisations are committed to actively engaging in an in-depth and broad based consultation to develop a NAP and are calling for:

  • A plan that takes into account the experiences of women affected by conflict living in Ireland;
  • Clearly stated objectives, actions, indicators and targets to measure changes in the lives of women and girls in situations of conflict;
  • A properly resourced, transparent and independent monitoring and review process for the plan.
  • For the plan to be launched on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2011.
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