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NATO invited participants from other international organisations, non-governmental organisations and academia to participate in a workshop, on 9 December 2013, dedicated to drawing lessons learned and discussing the way ahead on the implementation of gender perspectives in crisis management and operations.

 

The initiative to organise the workshop was taken following the publication in October of the Review of the Practical Implications of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 for the Conduct of NATO-led Operations and Missions. This independent review found that ‘significant progress’ has been made in implementing UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in NATO-led operations in Afghanistan, but said there is ‘ample room for improvement’.

 

UNSCR 1325 recognises the disproportionate impact that war and conflicts have on women and children, and highlights the fact that women have been historically left out of peace processes and stabilisation efforts. They call for full and equal participation of women at all levels in issues ranging from early conflict prevention to post-conflict reconstruction, peace and security. UNSCR 1325 was later followed by six additional Resolutions (1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2106 and 2122). Together, they frame the women, peace and security agenda.

 

Held at NATO Headquarters on 9 December, the workshop aimed to share experiences with and collect recommendations from other international organisations, such as the UN, the EU, as well as civil society.

 

ENNA stressed the need to coordinate international efforts and focus on implementation in order to “translate words into action”.

 

Looking forward to the 2014 NATO Summit and the 15th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 in 2015, Mari Skaare, the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, said that these occasions would provide new opportunities to promote the agenda of gender mainstreaming in international security.

 

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