Coping with Crises, Ending Armed Conflict

Coping with Crises, Ending Armed Conflict

On the 10th Anniversary of UN Resolution 1325

Documentation of the international Conference October 28-30, 2010

Ten years after the adoption of UN Resolution 1325 “Women, Peace and Security”, the Gunda Werner Institute (GWI) of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in cooperation with the German Women’s Security Council and Peace Women Across the Globe hosted an international conference with three main aims. In the first part of the conference, we took critically stock of the implementation of Resolution 1325, and asked about the relevance of this universal tool for specific country cases on the ground. In the second part, we looked beyond the mere implementation of the resolution and enhance the analysis of gender dynamics in conflict. We inquired both about sexualised violence and the construction of masculinities in conflict, as well as the abuse of feminist projects to legitimise armed intervention. In the third part, we discussed political strategies with major political stakeholders in order to place the problems discussed at the conference on the agenda of the international community.

Lessons Learned – Panels: Implementation of the UN Resolution 1325

Introduction by Gitti Hentschel

Gitti Hentschel, Executive Director of GWI and WSC Steering Group, introduces the International Conference: 'Coping with Crises, Ending Armed Conflict – Peace Promoting Strategies of Women and Men' and outlines motivations and aims.

By Gitti Hentschel

Lay down your arms!

Inaugural address for the international Conference "Coping with Crises, Ending Armed Conflict". It is an undeniable fact that women and men are affected differently by wars and conflicts. However, the assigned stereotypes – men as fighters, women as victims – do not do justice to the complex reality. 

By Barbara Unmüßig

The German Women´s Security Council

On March 20, 2003, the U.S. War against Iraq began. Almost simultaneously, on March 28, 2003, the German Women´s Security Council was founded in Bonn.

By Dr. Ute Scheub

Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in Liberia

In the security sector the government of Liberia has begun some programs in support of the implementation of the UN Resolution 1325 as reflected to some extent in gender mainstreaming activities and there are national policies or laws on gender issues that affect the sector.

By Rebecca Stubblefield

The Implementation of Resolution 1325 in Israel

Israel was the first UN member to integrate resolution 1325 and turn it into the law of the land. But unfortunately, since that happy moment of success, the official Israel refuses to abide by its own law.

By Anat Saragusti

Lessons Learned – Workshops / 1325 and Future Perspectives

Masculinities, Conflict and UNSCR 1325

Henri Myrttinen's plea for a linking of the three levels, the theoretical, political and practical, in the debate about gender, masculinity, and the implementation of Resolution 1325.

By Henri Myrttinen

Visions, Conclusions, Perspectives

A military-free world is possible

In the year 2030 the states of the world agree to abolish their national armies. Instead there will be a permanent UN troops, which secures the world peace. Washington’s ambassador raised minute-long ovations and the UN general secretary appreciates the convention as "a milestone in the history of civilization".

By Andreas Zumach

A gender-equitable world is possible

After a group of renowned female Noble Prize winners, economists and peace women made a political breakthrough with their memorandum, the UN organizations and member states took several measures to implement it. Across the world  hunger, poverty, violence and environmental disasters decreased. A vision of

By Dr. Ute Scheub

The Urgency of a Feminist South

Because each index showed that the neo-liberal globalization produced inequality, the global south decided to promote sustainable and independent development. Since then, girls are not excluded from school any more, minorities are not threatened and from the minimum wage can one live.

By Anuradha Chenoy

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UN Resolutions for a Gender-Equitable Security Policy

The resolution 1325 of the United Nations Security Council shows a way how peace and security policy can become more gender-equitable. The resolutions 1820, 1888 and 1889 of the UN Security Council are also important steps against sexualized violence in wartime. Therefore the Gunda Werner Institute particularly campaigns for its implementation.

Knowledge Box

  • Roadmap to 1325 – a Project for Engendering the European Peace and Security Policy
    The talk by Gitti Hentschel at the conference 'Women: From Target Group To Stakeholders In Peace And Security', 6./7.11.2007 in Brussels. [» PDF]
  • Churches for UN 1325
    In 2007 The Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO) and Kerk in Actie organised  a conference entitled "Women: From Target Groups to Stakeholders" in Brussels.  The aim was to increase support and networking in order to put into practice UN-Resolution 1325. [» PDF]
  • Women, Peace and Security: from Resolution to Action - Ten Years of Security Council Resolution 1325
    This publication summarizes the proceedings of the seminar of the same title, held in Geneva on 15 September 2010 more»
  • Windhoek Declaration Namibia's actionplan „On Mainstreaming. A Gender Perspective in Multidimensional Peace Support Operations“  [» PDF]
  • Implementation of the UNSCR 1325 in Serbia
    Women in Black Serbia provides all the Informations about the implementation of the UNSCR 1325 in Serbia on their website. more»
  • Results of the 55th UN Commission of Status of Women concerning gender, peace and security
    Composed by more»
  • Towards a Typology of Wartime Rape
    The Typology in "Bonn International Center for Conversion - brief 43" was designed on the basis of a definition of wartime, which includes a myriad of war dynamics that surround and influence the perpetration of rape, and which can be organized into the following ‘themes’: type of conflict in which wartime rape occurs, characteristics of the armed group, motivations for the rape, characteristics of the rapist, characteristics of the raped person, and characteristics of the rape. more»
  • Women, Peace and Security Handbook
    Divided into thirteen thematic chapters, the handbook is a reference guide for both progress made and action to be taken on the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The analysis assesses the consistency with which Council resolutions reflect the language and intent of SCR 1325. Good practice extracts from resolutions are presented and critical recommendations are made. more»