Letters to USG Bachelet and DSG Eliasson calling for women’s participation in the peace processes on Mali and Colombia

November 16, 2012

Re: Women from around the world call for women’s participation in the peace processes on Colombia and Mali

Dear Ms. Bachelet,

We, the participants at the various side events that the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP)-International Civil society Action Network (ICAN) organized in New York during the 12th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, and women from around the world express our deep concern over the absence of women at the negotiation table in the ongoing peace talks between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). We believe the peace talks and the ensuing peace agreement will be much more substantive and will have a greater chance of implementation if women have ownership by being fully and equally represented. Consequently, the ongoing transitional political processes in Mali will also be more likely to succeed if the world sees a positive example in the Colombian peace process.

We also call on you to use your good offices to persuade the four sponsoring countries, Norway, Cuba, Venezuela and your own Chile, to include gender experts to assist the facilitation teams and publish the names of the people on their teams so that the world can see the number of women included. This will present a wonderful role model for future peace processes. The 2012 UN Secretary-General’s Report on Women, Peace and Security demonstrates that despite words and resolutions, there remains a distinct lack of action on women and peace and security issues globally. Of the nine peace agreements that were signed last year, only two (22 percent) contained women and peace and security provisions. Furthermore, out of the 14 peace processes that were underway in 2011, only four of the negotiating party delegations included a woman delegate.

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Please send endorsements to Anna Keye at anna.gnwp@gmail.com

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November 19, 2012

Re: Women from around the world call for women’s participation in the peace processes on Mali and Colombia

Dear Mr. Eliasson,

We, the participants at the various side events that the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) – International Civil society Action Network (ICAN) organized in New York during the 12th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, and women from around the world express our deep concern over the absence of women  in the ongoing peace talks  between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) as well as the current transitional political process in Mali.  We believe the peace processes and the ensuing peace agreement will be much more substantive, sustainable, and with greater social buy-in if women are fully and equally represented.

The 2012 UN Secretary-General’s Report on Women, Peace and Security demonstrates that despite words and resolutions, there remains a distinct lack of action on women and peace and security issues globally. Of the nine peace agreements that were signed last year, only two (22 percent) contained women and peace and security provisions. Furthermore, out of the 14 peace processes that were underway in 2011, only four of the negotiating party delegations included a woman delegate.

Currently, the Colombian Government and the FARC have begun a process of negotiations that aims to put an end to the armed conflict that has been going on for 50 years. We stand in support of all Colombian women’s groups and civil society organizations that are calling for the observance of a ceasefire during the peace process; the representation of women among the principal 1st tier of negotiators of the Government of Colombia and the FARC; truth, justice and reparations for victims, specifically for victims of sexual violence and guarantees of non-repetition; and the continuation of the peace talks until an agreement is reached.

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Please send endorsements to Anna Keye at anna.gnwp@gmail.com

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