UNU-ISP hosted an experts’ meeting and a public forum to assess progress made towards integrating women’s voices, perspectives and skills in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The day of events at UNU headquarters in Tokyo was organized by UNU-ISP, Global Action to Prevent War (GAPW), Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security.
In October 2000, the UN Security Council (UNSC) adopted a groundbreaking resolution on women, peace and security. UNSC resolution 1325 addressed the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women, and recognized the under-valued and under-utilized contributions that women make to conflict prevention, conflict resolution, peacekeeping and peacebuilding.
In the experts’ meeting, scholars, activists, policy makers and UN agencies examined the impact of UNSC resolution 1325, the remaining obstacles to women’s participation, and indicators to measure progress. The participants also considered the role of the newly-formed UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women), which brings together four previously distinct parts of the UN system focusing exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Several recent UNU-ISP research projects have examined gender issues in conflict and peacebuilding, resulting in books including Sexed Pistols: The Gendered Impacts of Small Arms and Light Weapons (Vanessa Farr, Henri Myrttinen and Albrecht Schnabel, eds., UNU Press).