Women Transforming Peace: 1325+19 Week gets underway in New York

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Posted October 28, 2019 from Fiji
Redesign the Table say GPPAC Gender Focal Points

"We are keeping the spirit of 1325 alive as women brought this agenda to the security council" - this was the reminder of Ann Linde the Swedish Foreign Minister in her opening remarks as she highlighted that democracy requires civil society as we fight the multiple challenges to achieve human rights and inclusive peace "We need today's event to open up the debate and the security council needs your input" encouraging participants to be open and demanding and for member states to listen intently.

Representatives of GPPAC - the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) gender focal points network are in attendance at the 2nd annual multistakeholder Forum on Women, Peace and Security and our message is clear - address the root causes of conflict and get better at prevention including addressing the impact of climate change on the peace and security agenda. 

This also means a need to redesign the table. 

The UNSC must lead by example said Kaavya Asoka, Executive Director of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, as we work towards the 20th anniversary of UNSCR1325: "This is a unique opportunity to hear from civil society" said Asoka. We need more work, being more outspoken on the value of the women's human rights agenda and not simply reaching consensus. On the eve of the 1325+19 UN Security Council Open Debate the focus of the forum is again to acceleration of implementation particularly as we gear up for 1325+20. South Africa is chairing the Open Debate.

In her opening remarks Phumzila Mllambo-Ngcuka the Executive Director of UNWOMEN stressed that this is about accountability for implementation: "We want to make sure that at the end of the speeches we get greater consensus for the security council to work better together." The UNSC should not continue with lapses in addressing and including women: "Women are strong women are taking challenges but women are not being included"

As women we know we don't need capacity building or continue to be patronized we just want to be enabled to make it happen. We still need to realise the recommendations of the 3 peace and security reviews in 2015 said Asoka as she highlighted the direction and priority recommendations of the NGOWG Open Letter on 1325+19:

"Women's full and equal participation is non-negotiable and it is not just about inclusion but accountability to women's leadership and decision-making. Member states need to speak up"

Targeted attacks and political violence against diverse women's human rights defenders must end: "WHRDs must be reflected in the UNSC outcomes documents".

Gender equality and women's rights included sexual and reproductive health and rights are also integral to the WPS agenda stressed Asoka.

It's about Sustaining Peace and not Sustaining Patriarchy

We make a contribution to peacekeeping but we also need to put the focus on funding for peacebuilding  - Minister of Defence,South Africa ahead of 1325+19 as she stressed no compromise on the human rights agenda

She was speaking as part of UN member state responses that reaffirmed the need to get better at operationalisation of #WPSbeyond2020.

Prevention has a strong focus in the multistakeholder forum as well as the need to give greater attention to addressing the peace, development and humanitarian nexus.

Meaningful participation means diversity inclusion, geographical representation as well as #redesigningthetable at regional and national processes.

Participation requires greater accountability to CEDAW when national action plans are being developed. This means financing  and including application of special measures to bring the WPS and human rights agenda into operationalisation at national and regional level.

Regional Action Plans are also a means of supporting member states to operationalise their commitments made at the UN at national parliament and local government level.

Ultimately gender equality and human rights are integral to achieving sustainable peace. It's not an option anymore.

 

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Jill Langhus
Oct 28
Oct 28

Hello Sharon,

Thanks for sharing your amazing photos, as well as your conference update and agenda. How long is the conference running for? I hope it's fruitful and productive.

Hope you have a great week!

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls

Hi thanks for the message - it's not a Conference but a single consultation between women's civil society, UN and UNSC members ahead of the Open Debate tomorrow. There are several events around the annual Open Debate on UNSCR1325

Jill Langhus
Oct 28
Oct 28

You're welcome:-) I see. So, you're in NYC now?

Lisbeth
Oct 28
Oct 28

It looks like a beneficial meeting. We hope at the end something good comes out of it for women in your country. keep up the hard fight for your women.
Regards

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls

Hello Liesbeth this is an annual meeting on a specific security councip resolution on women,peace and security and several NGo events and meetings which connects women peacebuilders to policy makers etc but a lot more needed on the ground

Lisbeth
Oct 31
Oct 31

Thanks for the clarification. I hope something comes out of it as usual.
Regards

Hello, Sharon,

It's uplifting to see in the photos that there are women involved in the agenda of a security council. I love this quote, "Women's full and equal participation is non-negotiable and it is not just about inclusion but accountability to women's leadership and decision-making. Member states need to speak up".

Thank you for sharing!

Beth Lacey
Oct 29
Oct 29

Great progress

Anita Shrestha
Oct 30
Oct 30

Dear Sharon
You are so active.

maeann
Oct 30
Oct 30

Hello Sharon,

Thank you for your conference update. It's nice to see women of such beauty with a passion for change.

ANJ ANA
Nov 17
Nov 17

Dear Sharon,
Thank you so much for your updates. Definitely meaningful participation makes greater accountability and it will lead to gender equality, which is very integral part of achieving sustainable peace and its not an option anymore.
Hope to read you more.
best wishes, Anj ana