Domesticating Security Council Resolution 1325
WILPF is a voice not an echo. Our voice has been heard by the United Nations in the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. Now, the United Nations has requested that member countries develop implementation plans. In October 2010, Secretary of the State, Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her commitment to creating and implementing a U.S. 1325 National Action Plan (NAP) by October 2011, recognizing that “countries are more peaceful and prosperous when women are accorded full and equal rights and opportunity.” Upon hearing the announcement, WILPF’s Advancing Human Rights 1325 Committee immediately drafted a petition affirming the U.S.’s commitment and developed a multi-dimensional approach to ensure that the U.S. 1325 NAP would not merely be a tool for making war safe for woman, BUT would serve to advance the status of women everywhere and prevent future wars.
WILPF’s 1325 Advocacy Campaign includes:
1. Branch Actions to raise awareness of UN SCR 1325:
During the theatrical release of the Whistleblower film, WILPF Branches across the nation are challenging U.S. audiences to demonstrate “What security means to them,” through an on-line survey, and through the distribution of WILPF materials, including postcards and flyers to send to the UN Secretary General to stop the application of diplomatic immunity that protect the criminal actions of human-traffickers, and handbills that direct people to WILPF’s Whistleblower and 1325 Facebook page. Set in postwar Bosnia during the late 1990s, the films depicts WILPF’s Secretary General Madeleine Rees who helps to expose a UN human trafficking cover up in her former position as head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The link between The Whistleblower and SCR 1325 can be understand best by peace educator Betty Reardon’s comment that: "if you want to stop violence against women in war then you must end war; if you want to end war then you must involve women equitably in every level of domestic and foreign policy decision making.”
2. The creation and distribution of a WILPF U.S. Policy Paper on the 1325 NAP.
WILPF U.S. Policy Paper on U.S. implementation of SCR 1325 specifically calls for:
(i.) A "Human Security" approach (i.e. food and water security, freedom from violence, and access to affordable health care, etc.) rather than the presence of armed conflict as a means for framing the development of a U.S. SCR 1325 NAP.
(ii.) A domestic application of 1325 that advances the status of women in the U.S. as well as an external application that focus on regions where we are engaged in conflict.
(iii.) Civil society and women's organizations in the US must be consulted and included in both the development and implementation of a 1325 US NAP, as mandated by SCR 1325 and its sister resolutions.
Since its release, on July 19, 2011, the US WILPF Policy Paper has been endorsed by Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson who is circulating her endorsement letter among the Women’s and Black Caucus, Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND), Gender Action, Betty Reardon, and the Center for Global Leadership. Additionally, our paper has been presented and dispersed to members of the National Council of Women’s Organizations for their endorsements, and other UN based organizations associated with WILPF’s Peace Women Project
3. Five civil society consultations / listening sessions hosted by WILPF.
During the month of September WILPF US plans to host 5 civil society consultations to provide input and direction on the development of U.S. 1325 NAP with key officials from the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues under the U.S. State Department currently responsible for the drafting the U.S. NAP.
On July 20, 2011 WILPF, U.S.’s Advancing Human Rights Committee submitted a Policy Paper on our perspective on what should be included in the U.S. NAP to the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues under the U.S. State Department, and lobbied for civil society consultations where U.S. women could give their input on what “security” truly means to them. 26 other countries have already developed implementation plans for UNSCR 1325, and in a number of such countries, WILPF has been the key women’s organization to provide civil society input into the drafting of national action plans. At the most recent International Congress, members of WILPF from around the world discussed their respective engagements with NAPs and adopted a resolution setting out WILPF policy and position.
Following step with our WILPF sister organizations and WILPF international, WILPF, US demanded that grass roots women’s organizations were involved in the development of the National Action Plan, and offered to host consultations where U.S. women’s voices could be heard. The State Department responded favorably to WILPF’s Policy Paper and agreed that it has failed to include input from grass-roots civil society. To rectify this situation the State Department agreed to attend “consultations” or listening sessions organized by WILPF Branches in their communities. So, they are willing to listen to our voice. It remains to be seen to what extent we will be heard!! Regardless, WILPF will use data and input gathered from the consultations as an evidentiary record (later compiled into a Women's Voters Guide) to hold policy makers and legislators accountable for ensuring that security in U.S. policy reflects the true needs of U.S. women, both now and into the upcoming 2012 elections!
Branches will be selected according to the following criteria:
- Active Branch capable of organizing and hosting an event in mid to late September.
- Branch familiarity and knowledge of SCR 1325 and related issues.
- Geographically dispersed.
- Demographically diverse.
- Broad coalition and partner base.
Please feel free to contact Tanya Henderson, WILPF, U.S. National Director for further information or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the national office at 617-266-0999.
The Women’s Peace Table was created in the spirit U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325. Expanding on the Platform for Action that was established in Beijing in 1995, our goal is to weave the priorities of diverse women's organizations and communities across the U.S. into a single harmonized agenda for action: a prioritized list of policy changes and good practices that will prevent the U.S. from initiating and fueling future armed conflicts. Throughout the history of WILPF, the women in our organization have worked to create an environment of political, economic, social and psychological freedom for all members of the human community, so that true peace can be enjoyed by all. It is important that WILPF's efforts to be aligned with those of other women's organizations and communities so that U.S. women can develop a proactive peace movement that is resilient and unstoppable.
A harmonized women's policy agenda is the first step to intervene —strategically, effectively and systematically —in the negotiations that will set policies shaping the demobilization of U.S.troops in Iraq; UN resolutions and official statements shaping encounters with Iran and Syria; and our national budget. A harmonized agenda will be a tool and touchstone for elected officials, government appointees, and career public servants, if there are millions of women behind it!
We ask that sympathetic women everywhere convene these peace tables in their communities and in the organizations to which they already belong, using the format described in the materials provided below, adapted as necessary to fit the occasion. Send us your outcome document, or just your newsprint notes. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section, will begin to analyze and harmonize these documents using a transparent and accountable process.
"Women are more likely to make an impact on negotiations when they convene as a constituency of women with a common agenda for peace" --Securing the Peace, UNIFEM 2005
Even as Congress debates exit strategies for Iraq, U.S. women hold the keys to preventing war. Women's political empowerment and the protection of women's human rights are the cornerstones of sustainable peace. By acting together in solidarity, we can prevent future wars. You are invited host a facilitated peace table discussion, where we will collectively envision a bold set of policies for the role of women in preventing future wars and in protecting human rights
Table of Contents
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A Guide for Facilitators
A tool to help facilitators
Coordinated Strategy Activity
Background information on the Peace Tables
Customizing your Toolkit
To assist you in planning activities for your discussions
Outline of your discussion
Compiled agendas of WILPF campaigns and issues
Resource Sheet for Discussions
An exercise reflecting on conflict prevention
Annotated Security Council Resolution 1325
Report by UNIFEM to guide you in your discussion
Women Engaging Globally
A fact sheet designed by WEDO on SCR 1325
Briefing on the Iraqi women under siege
Multimedia Tools for Your Roundtable
To Empower Women: The U.N. Women's Conference, Beijing China
Description: Women at the Fourth U.N. World Conference on Women in Beijing, China 1995 tell about the need for economic development, education of girls and women, women's rights as human rights, reparation for comfort women survivors, trafficking in women, and the need for peace. Women were from Zimbabwe, Germany, Papua New Guinea, Iran, the Philippines, Israel, the Solomon Islands, and the United States. Feminists movingly tell of actions they are taking to address the problems of women in their countries and world wide. The late Bella Abzug, Congresswoman from New York, narrates. Feminism is alive and well. Margot Smith, Videomaker. www.offcentervideo.com. OffCenterVideo@aol.com
Reversing the Ripples of War
An unflinching fusion of poetry, spoken word, soulful music and personal testimony that exposes the cruelty of armed conflict and showcases the undeniable heroism of women peacemakers that are Reversing the Ripples of War.
This documentary is the third installment in the Leading the Way to Peace documentary series and features 4 women peacemakers from Uganda (Sister Pauline Acayo), Cambodia (Thavory Huot), Zimbabwe (Emmaculetta Chiseya) and the Phillippines (Mary Ann Arnado).