An Analysis of the National Action Plans: Responses to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

by Gumru, Fatma Belgin

Abstract (Summary)
This research evaluates the national action plans that were prepared between June 2005 and October 2008 as a response to the United Nations Security Council's Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security (UNSCR 1325). Resolution 1325 was adopted unanimously on October 31, 2000; it mentioned the consequences of conflict on women and girls, and noted the role of women in the peacebuilding and post-conflict processes. It is one of the most important UN resolutions within the field of peace and security policy. In addition to the UN Security Council President's Statement of 31 October 2002, the UN Secretary General's Report of 13 October 2004 on women, peace and security invited the states to prepare national action plans in order to take strong steps towards the implementation of UNSCR 1325.   Since the Secretary General's Report, eleven United Nations member countries - namely Austria, Côte d'Ivoire, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom - have published national action plans. This study examines the similarities and the differences of the national action plans that were prepared as a response to the UNSCR 1325. In addition, national action plans are compared to the statements identified in the UNSCR 1325.   The research points out the importance of national action plans for the implementation of UNSCR 1325. It also outlines the important aspects of a national action plan–such as the involvement of NGOs, time frames, financial allocation, monitoring processes, and the inclusion of awareness-raising activities. The main finding is that the existing action plans provide a set of examples for the countries that are preparing or will prepare national action plans. Therefore, the research should be continued as new national action plans are emerging.   The study is significant, because it contributes to the small amount of research literature that is available on UNSCR 1325 and the national action plans. Hopefully, it also will be a useful guide for the countries that are about to prepare their national action plans. The study should be of interest to policy makers who are working in the field and, in addition, to citizens and activists who are interested in the topic.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:resolution 1325 national action plan women peace and security armed conflict


Date of Publication:01/01/2008

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