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Women, peace and security

The United Nations Security Council regularly considers the role of women in peacekeeping and in conflicts. In this way it demonstrates that gender equality, participation and the protection of women are key aspects of foreign and security policy. Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) is primarily aimed at promoting the active involvement of women in all phases of conflict prevention and conflict management as well as protecting women and girls from sexual violence and rape in situations of armed conflict.

The German Government supports this work and is committed to strengthening the role of women in peacekeeping and conflict prevention in various areas.

Federal Government’s National Action Plan

Germany contributes in various ways to the implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000) (PDF, 35 KB). On 11 January 2017, the the Cabinet adopted the second Federal Government Action Plan to implement the Resolution for the period 2017–2020.

The 2017–2020 Action Plan builds on the comprehensive approach of the first Action plan of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany on the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 for the Period 2013-2016 (PDF, 618 KB). Through the measures and projects contained in the new Action Plan, the Federal Government is working to foster the greater involvement of women in crisis prevention, conflict management and post-conflict peacebuilding and the protection of women and girls against violence in armed conflicts.

Federal Government 2017–2020 Action Plan to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. (PDF, 647 KB)

On 11 January 2017 the Cabinet also approved the implementation report on the first Action Plan, which was subsequently submitted to the Bundestag.  The implementation report describes the Federal Government’s activities and measures to implement UNSCR 1325 between 2013 and 2016. It reports on women’s participation at the national and international level and on the Federal Government’s political endeavours in the national, regional and international context. In addition, it reports on political and project measures in line with the six priority areas of the first Action Plan and lists the projects carried out.

Federal Government report on the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 for the 2013–2016 period. (PDF, 1 MB)

Follow-up resolutions

The adoption of a total of seven follow-up resolutions underscores the international community’s determination to conceptually develop further the goals of Resolution 1325. The “Women, Peace and Security” package currently comprises, in addition to the original Resolution 1325 (2000) the following resolutions: www.un.org

Cross-cutting dimension of foreign, security and development policy

At the United Nations Germany is a member of the “Friends of 1325” group, a forum for exchanging information about the status of the Resolution’s implementation and for coordinating joint positions and initiatives. Germany participates in the Security Council’s open debates on the implementation of Resolution 1325 and in all UN bodies it urges the importance of taking the demands formulated in the Resolution into account. The Federal Government also strives to promote the goals of Resolution 1325 in the European Union, NATO and the OSCE, as well as in other international organisations and forums. The German Government regards the implementation of Resolution 1325 as a cross-cutting theme, which needs to be taken into account in all its decisions, activities and projects in the realm of foreign, security and development policy.

The EU’s Women, Peace and Security Task Force

At European level Resolution 1325 is implemented in the context of the European Security and Defence Policy. The EU has drawn up guidelines for the Resolution’s implementation in European peace missions and adopted Council Conclusions on taking account of gender equality aspects in crisis management.

As a regular participant in the EU’s Women, Peace and Security Task Force, Germany is involved in EU decisions and activities relating to the implementation of Resolution 1325. The Task Force members are representatives of the European Commission, the Council Secretariat and a number of member states. An EU English-language website gives an overview of the Task Force’s activities and access to relevant documents.

More information

Conference Report: International Order Forum on 18 November 2016 “A Case for Inclusive Peace and Security: How to accelerate the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325” (in German) (PDF, 1 MB)

UN WomenWatch

Women’s rights and German engagement

German participation in peace missions


Last updated 12.01.2017

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