The Security Council noted the ‘need to consolidate data on the impact of armed conflict on women and girls’ in its October 2000 resolution on Women, Peace and Security.
To try to address the lack of consolidated and accessible information, UNIFEM has created this portal, which is very much a work in progress. We have only begun to create a centralized repository of information from a wide variety of sources, with links to reports and data from the UN system, and also from experts, academics, NGOs and media sources. And we have only begun to do this with resources in English.
Our inital aim is to track progress on the implementation of resolution 1325, and ultimately to provide information to encourage researchers, policy makers, analysts and NGOs so they can routinely include, seek and contribute more information and analysis on women, war and peace.
Through this portal, UNIFEM strives to provide access to the information and analysis that is currently available on the impact of armed conflict on women and women’s role in peace-building. We do our best to ascertain the legitimacy of the sources of that information and analysis. Where there are conflicting perspectives, we strive to present a variety thereof so that users can make their own judgement regarding the accuracy of the information.
The absence of formal approaches to collecting and analyzing information on women in conflict in response to resolution 1325 means that gender issues are not systematically addressed in political and preventive actions and post-conflict peace building. This is reflected, for example, in Security Council discussions and in reports of the Secretary General where attention to specific gender issues in individual countries is still lacking. This is not due to deliberate neglect, but to the enormity of the gender mainstreaming task that the United Nations has set for itself.The information presented on the portal is broadly divided into two areas: Issue Briefs and Country Profiles. The content of the portal is also supported by a robust 1325 Toolbox which contains commentary, tools, and analysis related to SC resolution 1325 from 2000 to today.
UN Resources: The site provides links to the reports and resolutions of the Security Council, the General Assembly, the Human Rights Commission, ECOSOC and treaty bodies, such as the reports provided under the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women. To the extent possible, any gender content has been highlighted in the short summaries provided. The site also provides visibility to the activities undertaken by UN Departments, Agencies and Funds in the field. Again, this is not a complete accounting of all activities undertaken to date, but provides a template into which future activities and efforts can be made visible.
NGO Resources: Throughout the site you will find further resources, contacts, news and analysis generated by the NGO community, which are provided through our partnership with the NGO information service http://www.peacewomen.org/, a project that links many NGO efforts coordinated by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the world’s oldest women’s peace organization.
User contribution & Feedback: In order to provide a more interactive information source, we welcome the feedback provided by our users. If you would like to suggest further resources or have specific comments and feedback, please make use of the “Contact WomenWarPeace.org” link in the main menu.
UN Gender Action and Programming
The 1995 Beijing Platform for Action established gender mainstreaming as a major global strategy for the promotion of gender equality. The strategy of gender mainstreaming was later defined in the ECOSOC Agreed Conclusions (1997/2). Building on these two general mandates, many explicit mandates were established to mainstream gender in specific areas of UN areas of work.
Security Council resolution 1325, which mandates gender mainstreaming in the area of peace and security, is one example. Specific mandates on gender mainstreaming have also been established for Conflict Resolution, Disarmament Affairs, Electoral Processes, Health Statistics, Humanitarian Assistance and Peacekeeping Operations, and in other UN areas of work.
The challenge now facing the UN system is to implement these mandates in order to ensure that attention to gender perspectives is an integral part of interventions in all areas of societal development.
WomenWarPeace.org contains a wealth of documentation on women, peace and security. All the documents found on the pervious version of the Portal remain accessible here, through the search function of the Portal found at the top of each page, on the left-hand menu or here.
Support for WomenWarPeace.org
Support for WomenWarPeace.org has been provided by the United Nations Foundation/UNFIP, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the Government of Luxembourg.