West Africa: Backing UN SCR 1325 promoting role of women in peace and security

21 September 2010

On 17 September 2010, West African countries moved towards ensuring the equal participation and full involvement in all peace and security issues in compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Representatives of 16 countries across the region adopted the Dakar Declaration after a three-day forum in the Senegalese capital that considered how West Africa can better implement resolution 1325.

The Dakar Declaration stresses the need for the effective participation of women in peace processes, the protection of women and girls from conflict-related sexual violence and a reduction in conflicts through the greater involvement of women in preventive diplomacy. It also emphasises the importance of adequate care and humanitarian services during the relief and recovery periods after conflicts, disasters or other crises.

Gender ministers in West Africa have made commitments under the declaration to draw up national action plans outlining what steps they will take to implement resolution 1325 in their countries, while monitoring and evaluation mechanisms will also be set up to check what progress is being made. This process will be shepherded by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in collaboration with the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) and United Nations Women (UN Women), the new UN entity dedicated to gender issues.

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