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1325 Petition – Women and Peacebuilding

There is a new initiative underway at the United Nations to bolster women’s equal participation in peacebuilding and you can help.

Modern conflicts have developed a disturbing trend – women often suffer the most, including as targets of systematic sexual violence, and yet, their voices are not included when peace is negotiated. Less than 10% of those negotiating peace deals are women. You can help change this!

Ten years ago, the United Nations Security Council called for women’s equal participation in peacebuilding in the groundbreaking resolution 1325. But its implementation in countries has been too slow.

The petition urges Governments to take steps to implement the resolution – such as recruiting more women in police forces and peacekeeping operations, ensuring more women participate in peace negotiations, prosecuting perpetrators of sexual violence and excluding them from armies and police forces after conflict.

By signing on to the 1325 Petition we can make a powerful statement to the UN Security Council when it convenes to discuss how to fulfil the commitments in resolution 1325 in October 2010.

Please sign on and share the information with your friends and networks: