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Open Letter on the SC Open Debate on WPS and the High Level Review of UNSCR 1325

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5 October 2015
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Open Letter to Permanent Representatives to the UN: Recommendations on the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security and the High Level Review of SCR 1325 (2000)

Dear Ambassador,

Earlier this year, over 110 civil society organizations from around the world wrote to you calling for real action, increased political will, and implementation of Women, Peace and Security (WPS) commitments. Fifteen years after the establishment of the WPS agenda, despite progress at the policy level, women continue to remain largely excluded from peace, security and political processes; civil society organizations, women leaders and women human rights defenders are increasingly targeted; and there is minimal dedicated funding to implement the agenda.

At this month’s Open Debate and High Level Review of SCR 1325 (2000), we urge Member States to reiterate their commitment to advancing sustainable peace that can solely be achieved by promoting and respecting women and girls’ human rights’ and meaningfully integrating women within all efforts to prevent, resolve, and rebuild from conflict. In your statement to the Security Council, we urge you to specifically outline how the following priority areas will be addressed and implemented through financial, technical, and political means:

  • Prioritizing women’s meaningful participation, including women’s civil society leaders and women human rights defenders, in all peace and security processes, as well as efforts to combat, reduce and prevent terrorism and violent extremism. This requires:
    • Inclusion of women and gender experts in negotiation parties’ delegations and supporting incentive mechanisms to promote their participation;
    • Attendance and participation of civil society organizations in formal, consultative processes parallel to peace negotiations, all international and regional peace and security convenings, and donor conferences;
    • Increasing the recruitment, retention and professionalization of women across all justice and security sector components including in peacekeeping operations; and
    • Ensuring strategies to protect civilians are designed and implemented in consultation with local women, making sure diverse groups of women are represented including those displaced and with disabilities, in order to identify and address their specific needs and safety concern
  • Emphasizing conflict prevention by employing holistic approaches that aim to address the root causes and drivers of conflict and cycles of violence including violent extremism, and not just their impacts on women, men, girls and boys. This requires:
    • Engaging women in key political and decision-making processes, including in the development of any strategies or approaches aimed at preventing conflict; addressing the needs of local communities; and providing ongoing financial support for local women’s civil society organizations;
    • Dedicating efforts to address gender-based violence by providing lifesaving and non-discriminatory GBV response services including health, psycho-social support, legal and safety services in line with international humanitarian law;
    • Supporting the development of gender-sensitive security and justice sectors that are accessible to women and girls, uphold the rule of law, and implement non-discriminatory laws, policies and practices;
    • Demanding accountability and reparations for all violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, including GBV and civilian casualties, by armed groups, security forces including UN mandated troops, and contractors; and
    • Strictly enforcing the Arms Trade Treaty to curb the flow of small arms and light weapons where there is a risk they could be used in violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, including sexual and gender based violence.
  • Developing, implementing and reviewing existing Regional and National Action Plans (NAP) on WPS and ensuring they are robustly monitored, well-funded, and inclusive of civil society. This requires:
    • Formalizing a consultative process to include civil society and relevant actors in the NAP design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation process; and
    • Establishing an interagency coordination system for comprehensive NAP implementation that offers clearly assigned roles and responsibilities, as well as strong, results-based monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.
  • Pledging to provide multi-year, large-scale financial support for WPS, in line with SCR 2122 (2013), including through existing funds and new mechanisms. This funding should advance the implementation of WPS NAPs; be accessible to civil society organizations at national, provincial and local levels; as well as ensure core funding within the UN is dedicated for such efforts. This requires:
    • Increasing Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) to gender equality and women’s empowerment programs including support for civil society organizations through the provision of accessible, long-term, sustainable and dedicated core financial support;
    • Dedicating specific funding to advance women’s inclusion in efforts to counter violent extremism; and
    • In line with Critical Area E of the Beijing Platform for Action, reducing excessive military spending and redirecting this expenditure to efforts advancing women’s rights and WPS implementation.
  • Advocating for UN System Leadership to deliver on WPS over the next decade. This requires:
    • Actively supporting the Security Council’s systematic integration of WPS as a cross-cutting issue;
    • Supporting and funding the recruitment of gender expertise, specifically in leadership capacities, both at UNHQ and in the field;
    • Incorporating WPS into the Terms of References of UN leadership, including within special envoys and representatives and senior mediators; and
    • Ensuring that immediate and effective measures are put in place to ensure implementation of the Secretary-General’s zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, across all peacekeeping and special political missions, and with regard to all military and civilian staff;

As civil society organizations committed to ensuring more gender sensitive and inclusive peace and security processes, we will be carefully monitoring the outcome of the High Level Review and tracking the implementation of pledges made. We hope we can count on you to move this agenda forward and in years to come. Thank you very much for your time and attention to this important matter.

Yours Sincerely,

1325 Action Group, Nepal

1325 Network Finland

1325 Policy Group

ActionAid International

Amnesty International

Alianza por la Solidaridad, Spain

Association Dea Dia, Serbia

Association for the Protection of Women’s Rights, Azerbaijan

Association of War Affected Women, Sri Lanka

Athena Consortium

Baghdad Women Association

CARE International

Center for Development of International Law

Center for Women’s Global Leadership

Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights

Democracy Today

Echoes of Women in Africa

Education Center on the human rights of women, Morocco

Equidad de Género: Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia. México

FIDH

Femmes Africa Solidarité

Femmes Cote d’Ivoire Expérience

Femmes et Droits Humains, Mali

Forum for Women and Development, Noway

Foundation United Women Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Gender Agency

Gender and Mine Action Programme

Geneva Call

Global Gender Program

Global Justice Center

Global Network of Women Peacebuilders

Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

GPPAC Eastern and Central Africa Region

Hawa Organization for Relief and Development, Iraq

International Alert

International Alliance of Women

International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict

International Peace Research Association

International Planned Parenthood Federation

International Women’s Development Agency

International Women’s Rights Project

Iraqi Al-Amal Association

Iraqi Women Network

Iraqi women league

Isis-Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange

Karama

Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, Sweden

MADRE

MenEngage Alliance

Muslims for Progressive Values

Nairobi Peace Initiative – Africa

Nataj Organization for capacity development of woman

National Council of Women of Australia

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security

Older Women’s Network Australia

Oxfam

PAX for Peace

Pacificwin

Pacific Women’s Watch, New Zealand

Positive Change for Cambodia

Promundo, Brasil

Protect the People

Regional Center for Strategic Studies

Saferworld

Society Without Violence, Armenia

Sonke Gender Justice, South Africa

Soroptimist International of UK

SOS SEXISME, France

The Institute for Inclusive Security

Union Internationale des Avocats/ International Association of Lawyers

UN Women National Committee UK

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights

Widows for Peace Through Democracy

WILPF Spain

Woman Problems Research Union – Woman’s Institute, Azerbaijan

Women’s Action for New Directions

Women’s Action Network – Sri Lanka

WomenEnabled International

Women for Women International

Women for Progress Center, Iraq

Women Graduates-USA

Women’s International for League for Peace and Freedom

Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective

Women Peacemakers Program

Women’s Refugee Commission

Women’s UN Report Network

Women Watch Afrika

World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy

Youth to End Sexual Violence


The NGOWG on Women, Peace and Security advocates for the equal and full participation of women in all efforts to create and maintain international peace and security. Formed in 2000 following the adoption of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), the NGOWG now focuses on implementation of all Security Council resolutions that address this issue. The NGOWG serves as a bridge between women’s human rights defenders working in conflict-affected situations and policy-makers at UN Headquarters.

The NGOWG coalition members are: Amnesty International; Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights; Femmes Africa Solidarité; Global Justice Center; Human Rights Watch; International Rescue Committee; The Institute for Inclusive Security; MADRE; Refugees International; Open Society Foundations; Oxfam International; Women’s Action for New Directions; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; and Women’s Refugee Commission.

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Commence par explorer cette page, consulte le pack de participation ou rejoigne l'une des nombreuses discussions à venir. Vous pouvez également lui écrire à ta représentante régionale pour en savoir plus sur la façon dont tu peux participer au niveau national et régional.

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Le prochain Congrès International de WILPF aura lieu en ligne du 16 au 24 juillet 2022 (cela est dû aux incertitudes provoquées par la pandémie de COVID-19). Cette voie ouvrira aux inscriptions et aux propositions d'activités en mars 2022.

Pour plus d'informations, écris à congress2022@wilpf.org.

Coordonné par le Conseil International et le Comité Directeur du Congrès.
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Désigner des représentantes de WILPF

Chaque Congrès International comprend l'élection du Conseil International. Le Conseil International est responsable de la direction générale de WILPF ; de la définition des objectifs stratégiques et tactiques de l'organisation dans son ensemble ; et de la garantie que WILPF reste fidèle à ses objectifs, ses valeurs et ses principes.

C'est le rôle du Conseil International actuel d'établir un Comité de Nomination, tandis que le processus d'élection est coordonné par un Comité d'Election qui sera constitué au début du Congrès.

L'appel aux membres pour siéger au Conseil international est démarré ! Les Sections Nationales ont jusqu'au 19 mars pour soumettre des candidatures aux postes élus de présidente, de deux vice-présidentes et de trésorière et pour se réunir dans leur région afin de nommer une représentante régionale et un représentante régionale suppléant.

Pour plus d'informations, contacte ta représentant régional ou envoie un e-mail à nomination@wilpf.org.
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Desde julio del 2021, los miembros de WILPF han sido invitados a llamadas globales periódicas para participar en debates destinados a desarrollar la visión, los valores y las acciones para el futuro de WILPF. ¿Quieres organizar una discusión? Ponte en contacto con membership@wilpf.org.

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Ayuda a crear el próximo Programa Internacional

Expresate! El próximo Programa Internacional de WILPF se está desarrollando a través de un proceso de colaborativo, lo que significa que toda nuestra comunidad mundial está invitada a participar en discusiones regionales, nacionales y globales sobre cómo debería ser nuestra dirección estratégica. Involúcrate hoy para compartir tus pensamientos sobre el trabajo, la visión, los valores y las acciones de WILPF. Comienza explorando esta página, consulta el paquete de participación o únete a una de las próximas discusiones. También puedes escribirle a tu representante regional para obtener más información sobre cómo puedes participar a nivel nacional y regional.


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Organiza y asiste el Congreso de 2022

El próximo Congreso Internacional tendrá lugar en línea de 16 al 24 julio del 2022 (a causa de las incertidumbres producidas por la pandemia). Esta vía se abrirá para inscripciones y propuestas de actividades en marzo del 2022.

Envía un correo electrónico a congress2022@wilpf.org para obtener más información.

Coordinado por la Junta Internacional y el Comité Directivo del Congreso.
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de poco

Designar WILPFeras que
sirvan como representantes

Cada Congreso Internacional incluye la elección de los miembros de la Junta Internacional. La Junta Internacional es responsable del liderazgo general de WILPF, de establecer los objetivos estratégicos y tácticos de la organización en su conjunto y de garantizar que WILPF se mantenga fiel a sus objetivos, valores y principios.

Es función de la presente Junta Internacional establecer un Comité de Nominación, mientras que el proceso de elección es coordinado por un Comité de Elecciones que se constituirá al comienzo del Congreso.

¡Ya salió la convocatoria para que los miembros sirvan en la Junta Internacional! Las Secciones Nacionales tienen tiempo hasta el 19 de marzo para presentar nominaciones para los cargos electos de presidenta, dos vicepresidentas y tesorera y reunirse en su región para nominar una representante regional y una suplente. Para obtener más información, comunícate con tu representante regional o envía un correo electrónico a nomination@wilpf.org.
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Desarrolla y fortalece las maneras de trabajar en conjunto en WILPF

Para que nuestras acciones tengan un impacto en el mundo, también debemos observar cómo funcionamos juntas. Durante las llamadas regulares regionales y globales a lo largo del 2021 y 2022, los WILPFers están explorando las brechas que deben llenarse, las políticas que debemos cambiar o implementar, los métodos de trabajo que debemos afinar y más. Buscamos soluciones juntas, para que podamos cumplir nuestra visión colectiva para el Futuro de WILPF.

Coordinado por la Junta Internacional y los Comités Permanentes, pero implementado por todo WILPF.
Comenzado

مشاركة الآراء

سؤال الساعة: ما هو السلام النسوي؟

الانضمام إلى/استضافة حوار أو نقاش

ابتداءً يوليو ٢٠٢١ ، تمت دعوة العضوات لإجراء مكالمات عالمية منتظمة للمشاركة في المناقشات التي تهدف إلى تطوير الرؤية والقيم والإجراءات لمستقبل WILPF.

في حال رغبة أي منكن في استضافة مناقشة،  الرجاء التواصل معنا من خلال: 

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التطوع للترجمة اللغوية أو الفورية

إن كانت لديكن المهارات اللغويّة، فنحن بحاجة لكن! بينما نتقدّم في عملية تطوير البرنامج الدولي التالي، سنحتاج إلى المساعدة في ترجمة المستندات والنصوص الداخلية. سنحتاج أيضاً إلى المساعدة في الترجمة أثناء الجلسات الجانبية للمكالمات الإقليمية والعالمية. نحن نبحث بشكل أساسي عن أفراد قادرين على التحدث والكتابة بلغتين أو أكثر من اللغات التالية: الإنجليزية والفرنسية والإسبانية واليابانية والعربية. من لها اهتمام بتوفير مهاراتها، فيرجى التواصل معنا للحصول على المزيد من المعلومات، على العنوان التالي:

 membership@wilpf.org  

المشاركة في إنشاء البرنامج الدولي التالي​

ليكن صوتكِ مسموع! يتم تطوير برنامج WILPF الدولي التالي من خلال عملية إنشاء مشتركة - مما يعني أن مجتمع WILPF العالمي بأكمله مدعو للمشاركة في المناقشات الإقليمية والوطنية والعالمية حول الشكل الذي يجب أن يتّخذه مستقبلنا. انضموا إلينا وشاركن أفكاركن حول عمل WILPF ورؤيتها وقيمها.


يمكن الابتداء باستكشاف هذه الصفحة، أو استكشاف رزمة المشاركة، أو الانضمام إلى إحدى المناقشات القادمة. يمكن أيضاً التواصل مع ممثلتكن الإقليمية، للمزيد من المعلومات حول كيفية المشاركة على المستوى الوطني والإقليمي.


يشرف على هذه العملية مجلس WILPF الدولي.

مفتوح

تنظیم وحضور كونغرس ٢٠٢٢

سيعقد المؤتمر الدولي القادم لـ WILPF عبر الإنترنت في الفترة

من ١٦ إلى ٢٤ يوليو ٢٠٢٢ (ويرجع ذلك إلى حالة عدم اليقين التي أحدثتها جائحة COVID-19). سيفتح هذا المسار للتسجيل ولمقترحات الأنشطة في مارس ٢٠٢٢.


للمزيد من المعلومات الرجاء التواصل معنا على congress2022@wilpf.org


يشرف على هذه العملية مجلس WILPF الدولي لجنة المؤتمر التوجيهية.

سيُفتَح قريباً

اختیار عضوات المجلس الدولي ومنسقات اللجان

يتضمن كل مؤتمر دولي انتخاب عضوات للانضمام إلى مجلس WILPF الدولي. هذا المجلس مسؤول عن

القيادة العامة لـ WILPF؛ عن تحديد الأهداف الإستراتيجية والتكتيكية للمؤسسة ككل؛ و عن ضمان التزام WILPF بأهدافها وقيمها ومبادئها.


إن دور المجلس الدولي الحالي هو إنشاء لجنة الترشيح، بينما يتم تنسيق عملية الانتخابات من قبل لجنة الانتخابات التي سيتم تشكيلها في بداية كونغرس.


الدعوة الآن مفتوحة للعضوات الراغبات بالعمل في المجلس الدولي! لدى الأقسام الوطنية متسع من الوقت حتى ١٩ مارس لتقديم الترشيحات للمناصب المنتخبة: الرئيسة ونائبيتين للرئيسة وأمينة الخزانة. كما ويمكن للأقسام الآن الاجتماع في منطقتهم لتسمية ممثلة إقليمية واحدة وممثلة إقليمية بديلة. للمزيد من المعلومات ، يمكن الاتصال بالممثلة الإقليمية الخاص بكن أو أرسال بريداً إلكترونياً إلى  nomination@wilpf.org.

مفتوح

بناء وتعزيز طريقة عملنا مع بعضنا البعض

لاتخاذ الأفعال وإحداث تأثير في العالم ، نحتاج أيضاً إلى النظر في كيفية عملنا معاً. خلال المكالمات الإقليمية والعالمية المنتظمة خلال عامي ٢٠٢١ و ٢٠٢٢ ، تستكشف العضوات الفجوات التي يجب سدها ، والسياسات التي نحتاج إلى تغييرها ، والسياسات التي نحتاج إلى وضعها ، وأساليب العمل التي نحتاج إلى ضبطها ، والمزيد. نسعى إلى إيجاد الحلول معاً ، حتى نتمكن من تحقيق رؤيتنا الجماعية لمستقبل WILPF.


يشرف على هذه العملية المجلس الدولي واللجان الدائمة،  ولكن يتم تنفيذها بمشاركة جميع عضوات WILPF!

مفتوح

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Question of the moment: What is feminist peace?