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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. In the words of Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier, “Women have an active role to play in crisis prevention and conflict management. Peacekeeping is only possible together.”

Federal Government’s National Action Plan

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.  

The action plan to implement Resolution 1325 gives a sharper focus to Germany’s various activities in this area, including training for German civilian and military personnel serving with UN‑led or UN‑mandated peace missions. The Government has also supported measures to involve women in efforts to resolve particular conflicts.

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)

In May 2014 it submitted to the German Bundestag its Fourth Report on the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325. 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.

Fourth Report of the Government Fourth Report of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (April 2014) (PDF, 2 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, also within the framework of Germany’s chairmanship of the organisation this year, as well as in other international organisations and forums. 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.

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 special English-language EU website gives an overview of the Task Force’s activities and access to relevant documents.

More information

UN WomenWatch

Women’s rights and German engagement

German participation in peace missions


Last updated 17.11.2016

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