Heinrich Boell Foundation’s partner Itach Maaki – Women Lawyers for Social Justice has been working to promote such a vision for the past years. Adv. Anat Thon Ashkenazi analyses how UNSCR 1325 on Women Peace and Security is relevant to the current situation in Palestine and Israel.
Sexual violence in armed conflicts must be combated and punished more forcefully. In unanimously adopting the new Resolution 2106 on 24 June 2013, the 15 members of the UN Security Council sent a clear signal to every national government that combating sexualised violence in conflicts must have absolute priority.
As Germany’s status as an international player has risen, the image of the citizen in uniform, including in its public presentation, has given way to that of the combatant, and been extended to include the cyber warrior, as can be seen in the USA’s current use of drones as part of its warfare tactics.
This groundbreaking resolution sent a significant message to many countries,including Israel. The principles of the decision, which emphasize representation of women in peace negotiations and increased protection of women and children against violence in conflict situations, were found to be very relevant to the Israeli society.
The contest was a great success. The Atlantic Community received more than one hundred articles on the Arab uprisings, UN resolution 1325, the role of women in conflict dynamics, the international arms trade, cultural diplomacy, Afghanistan, Iran and on climate change.
Presently, 37 countries have approved national action plans and numerous others are currently in the drafting phase. The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom has published a comprehensive and detailed overview.
Two factors are glossed over in political and academic circles, namely the significance of women in terms of peace solutions and the role of gender relations in societies for the dynamics of crises and armed conflict. Both are, however, essential for a stable and sustainable peace policy.
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.
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.
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".