On 13 October, against the backdrop of the United Nations Security Council debate to mark the 15th anniversary of the adoption of Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, Maria Böhmer, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement:
Germany is one of the most active supporters of the United Nations’ agenda for women, peace and security. We are therefore taking the 15th anniversary of the agenda as an opportunity to intensify our engagement. Among other things we intend to provide the International Committee of the Red Cross with assistance of one million euros in 2015 to fight sexual violence in armed conflicts and will appoint a special representative for gender issues in the context of our OSCE Chairmanship in 2016. These are just two of a total of twenty important measures agreed on by the Federal Government.
Even 15 years after the entry into force of the United Nations’ agenda for women, peace and security, crisis prevention, conflict management and post‑conflict peacebuilding can only succeed if they focus on gender equality and gender‑specific perspectives. Although the international community has achieved a considerable amount over the past 15 years, we must continue to do everything we can to enforce the rights of women. Women’s rights are human rights!
Women need special protection from violence in armed conflict. Enslavement, forced marriage and the rape of girls and women perpetrated by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria show all too clearly that the abuse of women is a routine aspect of power politics in many places. We need to intensify the fight against conflict‑related sexual violence. We need to put an end to the culture of impunity and call the perpetrators to account for war crimes.
Moreover, women need to be involved in crisis management, for reconstruction can only succeed with input from women. Women should be involved more directly in political processes and institutions, in the planning and staffing of peace missions and in negotiations on peace agreements. I am therefore very pleased that, in Mara Marinaki and Marriët Schuurman, the European Union and NATO have strong women working to implement the United Nations agenda for women, peace and security.
I am also very grateful that numerous women and men, as well as civil‑society organisations, are playing an active role in implementing the United Nations agenda for women, peace and security and breathing life into it.
On 31 October 2000, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. It defines political guidelines for gender‑sensitive peace and security policy.
In Germany, a national action plan ensures implementation of the Resolution. On 19 December 2012 the Federal Government adopted the first national action plan to implement Security Council Resolution 1325. The action plan covers the period 2013 to 2016 and contains specific measures, including training for German civilian personnel serving with UN‑led or UN‑mandated peace missions. It also supports UN schemes designed to promote the participation of women in peace processes and their protection in situations of armed conflict.
Overview of the Federal Government’s engagement – “Implementing the United Nations Women, Peace and Security Agenda”: