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Report on safeguarding women in conflict

Nov 02, 2010

The NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security (NGOWG) has launched its NGOWG monthly action points report: Mapping Women, Peace and Security in the UN Security Council The report critically analyses the performance of the UNSC on the implementation of resolutions related to women, peace and security issues.

Monthly Action Points on Women, Peace, and Security in the UN Security Council: Report 2009-2010

Published by: NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security (NGOWG), PeaceWomen Project (PW)

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The report includes an overview of the results of the first year of the MAP project, indicates where the Security Council has had success and where it still faces challenges in implementation of resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888, and 1889, and provides suggestions on how the Council can better fulfill its mandate by incorporating Women, Peace and Security issues in its daily work.

Analysis shows that over the past year, the Council has taken substantial steps towards discharging its Women, Peace and Security related obligations, but that the Council’s approach nonetheless contains significant gaps, most notably in the area of accountability. These gaps hamper progress and ultimately contribute to continued suffering and abuse of those women and girls in conflict situations.

On the positive side, there is increasing reference to Women, Peace and Security across the Council’s statements and resolutions. As recent research from PeaceWomen demonstrates, this is a trend that has been relatively consistent over the last ten years.

The gaps that remain are primarily in the Council’s difficulty translating these words into action - i.e., a lack of accountability - and in the consistency with which it considers Women, Peace and Security matters.

First, the flow of Women, Peace and Security information into the Council is not timely, consistent, or comprehensive.

Country reporting on Women, Peace and Security matters tends to be both inconsistent and incomplete, and information specifically requested by the Council in mission mandates is often absent from these reports. Without accurate and timely information, it is difficult for the Council to take appropriate action on Women, Peace and Security, such as the prevention of sexual violence.

Second, where the Council did take actions on issues that are relevant to women and girls in conflict-affected areas, it often discharged with its Women, Peace and Security obligations inadequately and certainly inconsistently. The range of actions available to the Council include public statements on country situations, such as press statements and Presidential Statements (PRSTs), mandate renewals, Security Council mission terms of reference and reports, and sanctions.

However, even with this relatively full tool-kit, the Council appears to struggle with transforming Women, Peace and Security obligations into practice. There tends to be support in principle for Women, Peace and Security issues, but difficulty setting in motion concrete steps to achieve results on these issues. This is notably compounded by a lack of clear and consistent leadership in the Council.

Source : PeaceWomen
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