Urge for Further Support of UNSC Resolution 1325 sign now

In October 2000, the UNSC passed Resolution 1325, titled as, and targeting the issue of Women, Peace, and Security. The ambitious hopes of the resolution stress the need for the involvement of women in many different levels of UN operations, as well as the safety of women and girls residing in locales devastated by conflict. A few of the key lines note that Resolution 1325:

Urges Member States to ensure increased representation of women at all decision-making levels in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict;

Encourages the Secretary-General to implement his strategic plan of action (A/49/587) calling for an increase in the participation of women at decision-making levels in conflict resolution and peace processes;

Urges the Secretary-General to appoint more women as special representatives and envoys to pursue good offices on his behalf, and in this regard calls on Member States to provide candidates to the Secretary-General, for inclusion in a regularly updated centralized roster;

Expresses its willingness to incorporate a gender perspective into peacekeeping operations and urges the Secretary-General to ensure that, where appropriate, field operations include a gender component;

Requests the Secretary-General to provide to Member States training guidelines and materials on the protection, rights and the particular needs of women, as well as on the importance of involving women in all peacekeeping and peace-building measures, invites Member States to incorporate these elements as well as HIV/AIDS awareness training into their national training programmes for military and civilian police personnel in preparation for deployment and further requests the Secretary-General to ensure that civilian personnel of peacekeeping operations receive similar training;

Calls on all parties to armed conflict to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse, and all other forms of violence in situations of armed conflict;

Emphasizes the responsibility of all States to put an end to impunity and to prosecute those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes including those relating to sexual violence against women and girls, and in this regard, stresses the need to exclude these crimes, where feasible from amnesty provisions;

Calls upon all parties to armed conflict to respect the civilian and humanitarian character of refugee camps and settlements, and to take into account the particular needs of women and girls, including in their design, and recalls its resolution 1208.

So far, this resolution has been little more than a piece of legislation filed away into the legislative history books as most member nations have little or no female involvement, and even less setup in the realm of protection for women in conflict zones. In fact, a recent study showed that only one out of fifty special representatives of the Secretary General was a woman, and only five peacekeeping missions by any organization or nation have had a gender issues component.

This petition is set to urge you, the representatives of the United Nations Security Council, to address your current position on the resolution, and entice you to push for progress on the plans set forth in said resolution by including more women in your conflict resolution plans, as well as committing aid for gender issues in current conflict zones.

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