War and peace – a women’s affair, too

Norway supports the  importance given to the three P’s: Prevention – protection – participation.

Is it possible to solve conflicts and build peace without women fully involved? We don’t think so.

This month, Norway and partners will gather international and national experts, policymakers and civil society in Beirut to make a push for UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

 

Today’s wars are complex. The vast majority of those affected by war and conflict are civilians, especially women and children. They become refugees and internally displaced. They are also increasing targeted by combatants. Before, peacemaking was mainly seen as a military-political process of power-sharing by armed actors. Now, peacemaking must be turned into a societal process involving a broad range of actors. UN statistics show that inclusive peace-making processes are more likely to last. Click and learn more on 1325 and peacemaking In this video by the International Civil Society Action Network, ICAN.

 

The Norwegian approach

Working for the values of “1325” is not only for countries in conflict and war. Norway has for years championed “Women, Peace and Security”. We favor the inclusive approach of the resolution. We support the  importance given to the three P’s: Prevention – protection – participation. Women must play an important role in the prevention and resolution of conflicts. Women must also have equal participation and be fully involved in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.

 

The Norwegian government has a plan on how to get women more involved in peace and security – in Norway and abroad.  Norway wants to change attitudes, build expertise and keep up the pressure for inclusion. UNWomen is an important partner for us. We also work with a number of civil society organizations. In addition, we collaborate with researchers to get the facts on the table.

 

Progress measured

Recently, a new Global Women Peace and Security Index  was launched. It is the first time such a tool has become available. Now we can see how far we have come and what is left to do. The aim is sustainable peace through inclusion, justice and security worldwide. Researchers, civil society and policymakers must work together.