Women, peace and security
Liberia: Female Blue helmets from India
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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 broadly 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.
Germany contributes in various ways to the implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000) (PDF, 35 KB). On 19 December 2012 the German Government adopted a National Action Plan designed to improve implementation of the Resolution.
Security Council Resolution 1325
The German Government has established an Inter-Ministerial Working Group that meets regularly to coordinate action to implement Resolution 1325. Since 2004 the German Government has reported to the Bundestag on the implementation of Resolution 1325. In May 2014 it submitted to the German Bundestag its Fourth Report on the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 (“Women, Peace and Security”). The report outlines the activities and measures taken by the German Government at both national and international level over the period August 2010 to December 2013 to promote the implementation of Resolution 1325.
The adoption of a total of six follow-up resolutions underscores the international community’s determination conceptually to 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: 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1889 (2009), 1960 (2010), 2106 (2013) and 2122 (2013).
Cross-cutting dimension of foreign, security and development policy
Alongside its efforts to promote the goals of Resolution 1325 in the United Nations, the European Union, NATO, the OSCE and other international organisations and fora, the German Government provided over the period 2010–2013 some 240 million euros in funding for a total of 108 projects and other activities of relevance to the implementation of Resolution 1325. The German Government regards the implementation of Resolution 1325 as a cross-cutting theme, which in all its decisions, activities and projects in the realm of foreign, security and development policy needs to be taken into account.
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 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. A external link, opens in new windowspecial English-language website gives an overview of the Task Force’s activities and access to relevant documents.
Last updated 21.05.2014