Some highlights of our work
- In October 2011, we completed the second phase of our independent in-country civil society monitoring of SCR 1325 project that assesses the implementation of SCR 1325 at national level from a unique civil society perspective. Our participating members collected and analyzed data to assess progress in the implementation of SCR 1325 in their countries. The country reports were compiled and collectively analyzed to create a global snapshot of the progress and gaps in implementation, and published in the report “Women Count – Security Council 1325: Civil Society Monitoring Report 2011.” The outcomes of this project, which has been carried out for two consecutive years, serve as a powerful evidence- based advocacy instrument and the independent civil society perspective it presents is vital for the full and effective implementation of SCR 1325.
- Working with other non-governmental organizations and academic institutions – International Women’s Research Action Watch – Asia-Pacific; the Women’s Media Collective of Sri Lanka, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; and the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the Berkley Law School of the University of California – we are lobbying the independent Committee for the Convention on All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to adopt a General Recommendation (GR) on Women in Conflict and Post-conflict situations. Together with our partners the proposed elements of the GR were presented to the CEDAW Committee at its regular session in New York in July 2011. If adopted, the GR will serve as a strong complementary mechanism to promote accountability to SCR 1325 and 1820.
- In June 2010 in Burundi we initiated our work on Capacity Building and Local Legislation on SCR 1325 and 1820. The initiative is a decentralized approach to implementing SCR 325 and 1820 as well as National Action Plans on 1325 and 1820 where they exist. Together with our national partners and experts on local development and planning, we work with local leaders from different sectors such as government; security sector; women’s groups; and religious groups. Due to its best practice potentials, the initiative was also implemented in Nepal and the Philippines in 2011 and will be carried out in Colombia and Sierra Leone in 2012. Follow-up work in Nepal and the Philippines will take place in 2012.
- In 2010 we together with Cordaid commissioned the study, “Costing and Financing 1325: Examining the Resources Needed to Implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 at the National Level, as well as the Gains, Gaps and Glitches on Financing the Women and Peace and Security Agenda” The study examines resources available for SCR 1325 implementation and women and peace and security programming at the national level. It also analyzes the normative framework on women and peace and security and strategies for financing SCR 1325 implementation, which includes the role of the private sector. Featuring case studies on the implementation of SCR 1325 in Colombia, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the Philippines, and the Netherlands the study draws conclusions and provides insights into best practice, and highlights issues on the ground. Some of the recommendations of this study are now being implemented through a pilot project in Burundi. The project will include the establishment of a multi-stakeholder financing mechanism for the implementation of SCR 1325.
- Utilizing Media to promote UNSCR 1325; ensure women’s participation in decision-making; and prevent sexual violence is a project that aims to raise awareness among the media in order to encourage reporting on SCR 1325, 1820 and other laws on women and peace and security. In addition, it aims to promote partnerships between the media and women’s NGOs to facilitate sustained media and communication outreach at country and community levels. The project engages a mixture of media platforms, such as radio, television, print, blogs, and social media to increase outreach and communicate to a wide audience.