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[16days_discussion] Fwd: Fwd: PeaceWomen Enews: October and Beyond: Shifting the Gaze from Government and UN to #FemDefenders as Builders of Peace

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Subject: 	Fwd: PeaceWomen Enews: October and Beyond: Shifting the Gaze 
from Government and UN to #FemDefenders as Builders of Peace
Date: 	Fri, 30 Oct 2015 16:17:55 -0400
From: 	Abigail Ruane <abigail at>
To: 	16 Days Campaign <16days at>

With apologies for cross-posting:

Dear friends and colleagues,

This month of action around the 15th anniversary of the Women, Peace and 
Security agenda is wrapping up!

Forwarding WILPF PeaceWomen's latest ENews just out with our latest 
information and analysis on this past month of Women, Peace and 
Security, including information on the debate, civil society strategy 
discussions, and related tools.

Flagging that you can find your country commitments on the WPS agenda 
made at the debate here:

Thanks for your contributions to this month of advocacy! Looking forward 
to continue to working with you to leverage this momentum beyond October 
for action.

Abigail E. Ruane, Ph.D.
PeaceWomen Program Manager
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
UN Office
777 UN Plaza, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10017 <>
abigail at <mailto:maria at>
+ 1 212 682 1265

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From: *Peacewomen* <info at <mailto:info at>>
Date: 30 October 2015 at 13:33
Subject: October and Beyond: Shifting the Gaze from Government and UN to 
#FemDefenders as Builders of Peace
To: abigail.peacewomen at <mailto:abigail.peacewomen at>

    October and Beyond: Shifting the Gaze from Government and UN to
    #FemDefenders as Builders of Peace

Friday, October 30, 2015


*October and Beyond: Shifting the Gaze from Government and UN to 
#FemDefenders as Builders of Peace*
/By PeaceWomen Programme Manager Abigail Ruane/

/Photo of the Prelude to the Peace Forum by Evan Roberts/

This October marks the 15th anniversary 
of UNSCR 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.  And what a 
month it has been!  PeaceWomen has led WILPF’s work in mobilising across 
the full month to build momentum for feminist foreign policy 
that goes beyond anniversaries and promotes local action for 
transformative change.

The Security Council debate on Women, Peace and Security 
13 October was notable on multiple accounts: not just one but three 
civil society speakers 
  made powerful interventions; a record number of states 
(110) made statements; and a record number of co-sponsors co-signed 
UNSCR 2422 
the now 8th resolution on the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Building 
on the roadmap 
published by the NGOWG on WPS, the new resolution calls for strengthened 
collaboration with civil society; it also calls for gender integration 
including regarding the issue of countering violent extremism. At the 
launch of the global study 
as well as at the debate, States also shared commitments 
intended to strengthen implementation.

Yet other than strong words, what has changed? At our discussion with 
global study author Radhika Coomaraswamy 
15 October, one participant commented, “we are still spending pennies 
for peace but trillions on war.” Even in the commitments made by States, 
many simply shared existing allocations rather than new money, and a 
concerning number committed to investing in countering violent extremism 
rather than the Women, Peace and Security Agenda more broadly. This is 
particularly concerning given that violent extremism and terrorism are 
militarised agendas that risk actively undermining feminist movement 
building and peace work through redirection of funds and further 
curtailment of civil society space.

In conversations across this month, activists have repeatedly brought 
attention to the need to shift the gaze from the United Nations and 
governments to feminist grassroots peacebuilders – nonviolent women and 
men – as key to peace. Last week, WILPF’s international delegation 
which hailed from nine countries, joined women and men from over 40 
countries in New York around conversation circles 
aimed at mobilising collaborations for the feminist peace agenda.

Together, we have called for action to engage in both inside and outside 
strategies to create change; to create learning institutions that 
strengthen feminist movements; and to diversify tools beyond policy, 
including media, education, and financial investment. We have taken 
action to strengthen feminist networks including between women-led civil 
society and men’s movements in order to strengthen action to address 
gendered and patriarchal power structures and prevent all forms of violence.

The Global Study has given us indisputable evidence that women’s 
participation and rights are both human rights obligations and 
foundational for sustainable peace. Governments and the UN have an 
obligation to remove barriers to realising these rights.

Now it is time for action. How will you be an ally?

Join us! This is just the beginning.

    Security Council Debate Overview

By: Federica Dall’Arche, Security Council Monitor Fellow

/Photo by: Ghazal Rahmanpanah/

On Tuesday (13 October 2015), under the Spanish presidency of Prime 
Minister Mariano Rajoy, the Security Council held a ministerial-level 
Open Debate on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS). The debate marked the 
15th anniversary of the WPS Agenda and the adoption of UNSCR 1325 
(2000), a resolution that, for the first time, acknowledged the gendered 
impact of conflict, specifically on women, and the imperative need for 
inclusion of women in the maintenance of peace and human security.

Member States renewed their commitments, described their achievements, 
and some focused their statements on how to improve the implementation 
of UNSCR 1325 and the WPS Agenda, which, after 15 years, remains 
unfulfilled, addressing the most common obstacles and constraints 

The debate also functioned as a forum for the Council and Member States 
to reflect on the recommendations emanating from the 2015 Global Study 
on women, peace and security and from the Secretary-General’s 17 
September report on the issue.

A record breaking 110 statements were made from Member States, some of 
which included commitments for moving the Agenda forward. Following 
three extraordinarily effective statements by the president of the 
Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, Yanar Mohammed 
by the head of Solidarité Féminine pour la Paix et le Développement 
Intégral, Julienne Lusenge 
and The Voice of Libyan Women’s FounderDr. Alaa Murabit 
the Council unanimously adopted UNSCR 2242 
which was co-sponsored by over 75 states.

As part of WILPF’s action surrounding the 15th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 
and the Global Study on 1325, PeaceWomen has released a brief guide to 
the Secretary-General’s Report on Women, Peace and Security, as well as 
a record of commitments made during the Open Debate.

For more information, please see ourOverview of the Secretary General’s 
a compilation of commitments 
made by Member States during their statements. Please stay tuned for our 
comprehensive analysis of UNSCR 2242 
- the new member of the WPS Agenda!

    PeaceWomen welcomes our WILPF Delegation for #1325at15!

By: Marta Bautista, Local to Global Intern, and Cynthia, Communications 

“We need to move from global to local to make women’s perspective seen 
on an international level.” Manuela Mesa, Vice President, WILPF Spain

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