United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security
A conference on The Participation and Representation of Women: The Successes, Gaps and Challenges will take place at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dublin on the 1st of November 2013 and will be opened by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.
Ireland is currently mid-way through the implementation of its National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325. Under the National Action Plan the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee is tasked with meeting on a half yearly basis to provide input and address issues relating to implementation. As part of this monitoring process a Mid-Term Progress Report was commissioned to evaluate and record the progress made to date in the implementation of the NAP.
This conference will discuss the conclusions of the Mid-Term Progress report and will have a practical focus on how to continue and improve the implementation of the national Action Plan in three principal areas: Women, Security and Peacekeeping; 1325 in Northern Ireland and The Participation of Women in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations. The event will bring together government officials, practitioners and civil society members to discuss these issues.
The draft programme for the event can be found here (PDF 586kb) .
Please note, registration for this event is nearly complete. Interest parties should contact Ciara Gilvarry on 01 4082661 by Friday 18th October to secure a place at the conference.
UNSCR 1325 emphasises the distinct position of women in conflict situations. The Resolution calls for an increase in the participation of women in peacemaking and peacebuilding processes; the protection to women and girls in armed conflict; and the incorporation of a gender perspective into peacekeeping and peacebuilding processes. Ireland's National Action Plan (NAP) on UNSCR 1325 was officially launched by the Tánaiste and former President Mary Robinson on 25 November 2011.
The tenth anniversary of UNSCR 1325 in October 2010 brought increased international attention to the Resolution and its weak global implementation to date. Ireland embarked on an innovative approach to drafting a National Action Plan (NAP) on the implementation of 1325 by combining interdepartmental and civil society consultation with an international cross-learning initiative.
The cross-learning initiative brought together women and men from Timor-Leste, Liberia and Ireland/ Northern Ireland to draw upon their direct experiences of how best to promote women’s leadership and interests in conflict resolution and peace-building. High-level meetings of the initiative took place in Northern Ireland and Timor-Leste in 2009, and in Liberia in April 2010.
The final report of the process was presented to the UN in New York in October 2010 to mark the tenth anniversary of the resolution. It is hoped that the recommendations in the report will feed into policy discussions at the United Nations, and indeed into other policy communities such as the EU, AU, and the OSCE.