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[16days_discussion] WILPF WPS Nov E-News: 16 Years after UNSCR 1325, Will the Future Ever be Feminist?

Abigail Ruane abigail at
Mon Nov 21 12:04:58 EST 2016

Dear friends and colleagues,

With apologies for cross-posting, please WILPF PeaceWomen November E-News
below. This includes:

   - Analysis of 16th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325 - WILPF action
   <>, Security Council WPS Debate
    and 2015 commitments
   <> monitoring
   - WILPF Security Council WPS Scorecard
   <>and summary of webinar launch
   - WILPF MENA regional consultation recomendations
   - WILPF's Madeleine Rees's statements on US Election
   <> and Wonder Woman
   <> at the UN
   - and more!

Have a lovely Thanksgiving to all who celebrate.

Abbi, Marina, and the WILPF PeaceWomen team

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Subject: Women Peace and Security November E-News 2016
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November 2016

*Editorial: 16 Years after UNSCR 1325: Will the Future Ever be Feminist? *
*By WILPF PeaceWomen Programme Director Abigail Ruane*

*Special delegation of women leaders from Syria, Libya and Yemen in New
York. (Photo: Marina Kumskova, WILPF PeaceWomen).*

As one of seven women civil society leaders to participate in the Yemeni
peace talks, Rasha Jarhum’s expertise, experience, networks, and commitment
make her a formidable leader. Her sparkling honey coloured eyes, kind but
critical demeanour, and intense gaze are part of a powerful presence.

A few weeks ago, Rasha joined WILPF’s delegation
to New York to call for accountability on the Women, Peace and Security
Agenda. However, 16 Years after the adoption of UNSCR 1325 and one year
after the Global Study on UNSCR 1325
the gap between commitments
and accomplishments is becoming nothing short of absurd.

After concerted campaigns for the first ever woman
and feminist woman
UN Secretary General, the UN confirmed on 13 October another man, and then
on 21 October announced
Wonder Woman as honorary ambassador for women and girls. A few short weeks
later, and just months after Brexit
the U.S. elected Donald Trump
as president.

When women leaders are so so consistently sidelined despite all
qualifications and men continue to be validated no matter what their
qualifications or temperament, and when creeping militarism
through police, aid, peacekeeping and rollback of women’s social and
economic rights continue, the promise of gender equality and peace begin to
look like a joke.

In today’s world, it is becoming clearer by the minute that we are tilting
toward a world defined by, for, and about strong-men
In the current climate of fear, many people are sliding into reactive
action based on triggered biases rather than pro-active approaches based on
thoughtful analysis for longer-term strategic action. This reactive
approach tends toward dividing the world between “us” and them” and tends
to condone command and control action against “evil” (them) for “good”
(us), based on groups based on race, religion, or sexual orientation and
gender identity.

It is critical that we not succumb to a constantly reactive crisis response
cycle based on implicit and explicit biases. Instead, we must cultivate
democratic inclusion and social justice for collaborative action, long term
conflict prevention, and sustainable peace. We must take action to transform
violent masculinities
take down the stranglehold of the military-industrial complex
and re-think economic policy for social justice
including through participatory and social solidarity economic alternatives
aimed at community resilience rather than profit. We must re-set the peace
with women peace making peace rather than men with guns dividing power, finance
women-led civil society’s
work, and take action to #MoveTheMoney
from war to peace.

Today we face a galvanising moment: What kind of world do we want to live
in? What kind of world will we – through action, acquiescence, or
opposition – create?

It is critically urgent for all of us to step up our game. We must
mobilise, build our communities, and support each other in our demands for
social justice.

Another world is possible. We need all of us to turn the tide.
*WILPF PeaceWomen's October Delegation on the 16th Anniversary of UNSCR1325*
*By Naimah Hakim*

*WILPF International and a special delegation of women peace leaders from
Syria, Yemen, and Libya at the 16th Anniversary of UNSCR1325. (Photo:
WILPF/Marina Kumskova)*

This October marked 16th Anniversary of United Nations Security Council
Resolution (UNSCR) 1325
and the broader Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda. During the week of
the Security Council WPS Open Debate, WILPF hosted a delegation of women
peace leaders including from Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Nigeria and engaged
in a variety of events
bilateral meetings, and other engagements for concrete action.

WILPF partners
from the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region highlighted regional
patterns in how gender blind institutions result in ongoing challenges to
women’s meaningful participation in peace efforts and what women civil
society leaders are doing to rebuild communities and promote peace.
“Women’s experiences and impact of conflict on women are not prioritised
and often misrepresented,” said WILPF Crisis Response Programme Manager
Laila Alodaat.

WILPF also co-hosted an event on “Financing the Women, Peace and Security
Agenda: Good Practice and Lessons Learned for Accountability and
 The event built on WILPF’s launch of the #MoveTheMoney toolkit
in September and focused on the importance of concrete action to finance
the WPS Agenda in order to move from commitments to accomplishments. “We
spend trillions on war and pennies on peace; and of course, you get what
you pay for,” Abigail Ruane, WILPF PeaceWomen Programme Director, said.

*FInd more information about WILPF’s engagement at the 16th Anniversary of
UNSCR 1325 here
*Inside the Security Council Open Debate on Women Peace and Security*
*By Sarah Tunnell*

*(Visual: Nela Abey, WILPF PeaceWomen)*

The annual United Nations Security Council open debate on Women Peace and
Security (WPS) was convened, under the presidency of the Russian
Federation, on 25 October 2016. One year after the Global Study on 1325
measuring action to move from commitments to accomplishments is critical.
Prior to the debate Russia circulated a concept note
calling upon Member States to focus their statements on the progress
achieved in implementing commitments made in 2015
However, only 24 states out of 58  (41 percent) illustrated the action
steps taken on their 2015 commitments. Of these, 11 states (45.8 percent)
only followed up on some of their commitments, leaving one or more unmet.
In fact, moving beyond rhetoric is a major gap which raises substantial
questions about the seriousness with which stakeholders are addressing the
WPS Agenda.

In addition to reviewing 2015 commitments, 16 out of 80 states who attended
the 2016 WPS debate (19.75 percent) made new commitments to the Agenda. Of
these, 11 (45.8 percent) only followed up on some of their commitments,
leaving one or more unmet. When including states that made concrete
commitments in 2015, but did not present statements in 2016, the total
number of states that failed to follow up on any of their commitments was
31 (53 percent).

Despite consistent recognition by all three peace and security reviews in
2015 of the need for strengthened action on conflict prevention, conflict
prevention and disarmament were absent from a majority of the statements.
This disconnect demonstrates a level of negligence among states to
acknowledge that the best prevention of conflict-related sexual violence
and gender-based discrimination or injustice, is to prevent conflict from
occurring in the first place.

*Find the Full Debate Analysis  of the 2016 Open Debate on Women, Peace and
Security here
Find the Analysis of the WPS Commitments made at the 2016 Open Debate on
Women, Peace and Security here
*Implementation of the WPS Agenda by the UN Security Council Permanent
*By Marina Kumskova*
*(Visual: Nela Abey, WILPF PeaceWomen)*

As part of our preparations for the 16th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, on 19
October 2016, WILPF PeaceWomen launched our WPS Security Council Scorecard
to strengthen accountability on holistic implementation of the Women, Peace
and Security (WPS) Agenda by the Permanent Five members of the Security
Council -- United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China.

The WPS Security Council Scorecard includes a wealth of data from 2010 to
2015 addressing all four WPS pillars (participation, conflict prevention,
protection, and relief and recovery). It includes international action
including on statements and commitments at the Security Council,
international gender and human rights commitments, and gender and
peacekeeping action. It also includes national action on financing of
military versus gender equality, women's participation in parliament and
judiciary, levels of sexual violence, and gendered post-conflict
stabilisation programmes.

The webinar launching the WPS Scorecard
included grassroots activists and international advocates who highlighted
disarmament as a critical component of conflict prevention and discussed
the impact of militarisation on women in conflict-affected areas. Speakers
invited participants to use the WPS Scorecard in their national advocacy to
boost action from commitments to accomplishments.

*Find the WPS Security Council Scorecard here

*Find the summary of the webinar launching the WPS Security Council
Scorecard here.
*National Action Plans for UNSCR 1325: Recent Developments*
*By Anna Warrington*

*UN Women Deputy Country Representative, Ms. Sunita Caminha speaking at the
official launch of the NAP. (Photo: Media GPM 2016)*

Every October, Member States are expected to strengthen their commitments
to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, including by the launching
and reviewing the implementation of the National Action Plans on the
implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325
However, this year only few countries have taken the opportunity to
strengthen their calls for a holistic implementation of the WPS Agenda. At
the annual UNSC Open Debate
on WPS Kazakhstan
Czech Republic
and Croatia
committed to launching a NAP by the end of 2016, and Angola
and Spain
also stated that a NAP is being developed. Switzerland
stated that they will be releasing a second NAP in 2017.

As one of only three countries in Southeast Asia to officially commit to
the WPS Agenda, Timor Leste launched its National Action Plan (NAP) on 21
October 2016, right on time for the 16th Anniversary of the WPS Agenda. The
NAP was approved by the National Council of Ministers in April of 2016 and
its objectives correspond with the four pillars include: Participation,
Prevention, Protection and Peacebuilding. The NAP was developed in
consultations with civil society, including women's organisations and
received financial and technical support from UN Women. An Independent
Monitoring Committee (IMC) including members of the Parliament and NGO
representatives will monitor the implementation of the Timor Leste NAP.

WILPF welcomes the recent developments with countries reaffirming their
commitments to the WPS agenda through the development of new and revised
NAPs dedicated to a holistic implementation of the WPS Agenda.

*Find the press release presenting an official launch of the Timor Leste
NAP here
*An Analysis Of Chapter Eleven Of The Global Study: Women, Peace and
Security and the United nations Security Council *
*By Farida Ismail*
*Security Council Meets on Maintenance of International Peace and Security
(Photo: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas)*

Chapter eleven of the Global Study on the implementation of UNSCR 1325
examines the WPS and the United Nations Security Council, including  its
“conflict prevention toolbox.” It highlights that the Council has a
conflict prevention role where the encouragement of women’s participation —
both as a pillar and contributing factor — could significantly enhance
conflict prevention. However, in practice the Security Council has rarely
acted to proactively prevent conflict, and instead has focused largely on
protection concerns, as reflected across its body of work.

The chapter argues that the Security Council's implementation of the WPS
Agenda would be improved with dedicated high-level leadership on women,
peace and security, as well as more consistent and accountable information
flow from across the United Nations’ gender architecture. It is important
to note that since the launch of the Global Study, the creation of the UNSCR
2242 Informal Expert Group (IEG 2242)
has taken forward at least one key recommendation in this chapter.

Facts and Figures


   Meetings with civil society, as well as Arria-formula meetings created
   to hear from women on specific country situations, remain ad hoc and too
   infrequent (Global Study 2015, 329);

   While the Council has helped to set the WPS Agenda, implementation of
   that agenda has proven to be a wholly separate challenge, with the Council
   thus far being largely inconsistent in its oversight of how its decisions
   on women, peace and security have been translated into action (Global Study
   2015, 330);

   Of the currently 16 United Nations sanctions regimes, five have human
   rights and sexual violence related designation criteria. Out of more than
   1,000 listings in these sanctions regimes, 15 individuals and four entities
   have been designated based on these criteria (Global Study 2015, 332);

   Ultimately, any system of accountability that is institutionalised in
   the work of the Security Council and that can remain effective over time
   requires an approach that is resilient to the Council’s changing dynamics
   due to shifting geo-political realities, and to the annual turnover in
   Council membership of five elected members (Global Study 2015, 331).



   Security Council should establish an informal expert group on women,
   peace and security in the Security Council to deal with both the protection
   and participation aspects of the agenda in country-specific situations
   (Global Study 2015, 339);

   Security Council should invite regular civil society briefings,
   including women’s organisations in particular, not only on thematic but on
   country-specific deliberations (Global Study 2015, 342);

   Security Council should increase the channels for flow of information
   from the Human Rights Council and related bodies, including from mandate
   holders with conflict relevant mandates, Commissions of Inquiry and other
   fact finding bodies, to provide important sources of information for
   Council deliberations and outcomes (Global Study 2015, 342);

   Security Council should ensure greater and more effective capacity for
   gender analysis in conflict-affected countries (Global Study 2015, 342);

   Security Council should ensure that Council members who are also members
   of the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee facilitate approval of resources
   required to implement gender components of Council mandates (Global Study
   2015, 342).

*For more information, see UN Women’s Global Study Factsheets
or the entire Global Study on Women, Peace and Security
*WILPF Initiatives*


   Monthly Action Points: November, 2016

   Women Amidst Conflicts In Libya, Syria,
   Yemen: Different Experiences, Similar Challenges

   Life At The Bottom Of The Chain: Women In Artisanal Mines In DRC

   Recommendations From Women Human Rights Defenders From Yemen Libya And

   The Time Is Now! UN Votes To Ban Nuclear Weapons In 2017!
   - WILPF Secretary General, Madeleine Rees, On The UN Designation Of
   Wonder Women

*Reports, Resources & Policy Briefs *


   Afghanistan’s Mysterious Vanishing Plan On Women And Peace Talks

   Dangerous Women At The Peace Table

   Sexual Violence In Conflict- How Do We Stop It?

   Sustainable Peace Possible? With Women Included It Could Be

   UN Tribunal Weighs In On Atrocity Against Bosnian Women And The Radovan
   Karadžić Conviction

   The Key Role Women Played In Culture Of Peace

   Syrian Mother Becomes Marvel’s Latest Superhero
   - US House Passes Bipartisan Women, Peace, And Security Act

*External Initiatives*

   - Timor-Leste Officially Launches Its National Action Plan For United
   Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) On Women, Peace And
   Security 2016-2020

   A Feminist Agenda For The New UN Secretary-General- GoPetition

   Trust Women Annual Conference 2016: Empower Women Worldwide And Fight
   Every-Day Slavery

   16 Days Of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. Take Action Kit

   Nordic Countries Advance Cooperation On SDGs


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