24 MAY - INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY FOR PEACE AND DISARMAMENT

WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN PEACE PROCESSES IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

#WomenCountForPeace

On this International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament, EuroMed Feminist Initiative stresses the key role of women’s participation at all stages of Peace processes to achieve long-lasting stability and sustainable peace. Women always bear the brunt of armed conflict and violence. They should be the leading force for peacebuilding efforts, as stated in United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNCSR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

The International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament is the opportunity to recall that crisis-affected environments mean protection crises for women and girls. They are disproportionately impacted by conflicts: while increasing dramatically in the domestic sphere, violence against women and girls (VAWG) is used as weapons of war, including in its worst forms (sexual violence, forced marriage, labour and exploitation). Such violence continues beyond crisis situations and needs to be tackled by long-term, gender-sensitive policies. This can only be achieved through the meaningful participation of women in peace and decision-making processes to build the foundations of an inclusive society.

EFI demands action for :

  • The effective implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (WPSA) in all countries in order to ensure the full protection of women's rights at all times including during conflict-related situations. This requires the adoption, implementation and monitoring of National Action Plans for UNSCR 1325 and WPSA developed with the participation of civil society organisations, including women's rights and feminist organisations.
  • The adoption and implementation of comprehensive laws and public policies combating VAWG. Policy-makers should be held accountable for ensuring women’s rights and gender-responsive policies.
  • The effective and meaningful participation of women at all stages of peace processes and decision-making. 

For more information, consult the latest initiatives led by the EuroMed Feminist Initiative to promote women’s participation in peace-building and decision-making:

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