Talks on International Cooperation: Women. Peace. Security.

On 31 October 2000, the members of the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1325, laying the foundation for the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. Its aim is to involve women in all phases and at all levels of crisis prevention, conflict management and peacebuilding, to strengthen their role in peace processes and to protect them from sexualised violence in (post-) conflicts and in refugee contexts.

Despite international efforts to implement and further develop the agenda, a look back over the past 20 years shows that women are still not equally involved in peace processes, they continue to be victims of sexualised and gender-specific violence and their involvement in civilian missions is negligible.

Against the backdrop of changing conflict scenarios and growing international scepticism about strengthening sexual and reproductive rights and health, strengthening the Women, Peace and Security Agenda is one of the priority areas of Germany’s membership of the UN Security Council in 2019/20. To mark the 20th anniversary of Resolution 1325, however, Germany is not only assuming key role in the multilateral system. The expiry of the German Federal Government’s national action plan for the implementing the agenda also offers the opportunity to take stock of and readjust Germany’s implementation strategy.

What has been achieved in the past 20 years – and more importantly, what concrete steps are planned for 2020 and beyond? What key impulses has and will Germany be able to provide during its UN Security Council membership and what impact can this work have? How can agenda’s implementation be advanced and what goals has the German Government set itself for further development of the national action plan? What expectations does civil society have of the national action plan?

Niels Annen, Member of the German Bundestag, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office; Dr Monika Hauser, founder and Executive Member of the Board of medica mondiale e.V. and Kristina Lunz, co-founder and Germany Director of the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP) will discuss these and further questions. The guest speech will be provided by Dr Louise Olsson, Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute.

Venue / Time

GIZ Berlin Representation
Reichpietschufer 20
10785 Berlin

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 19:00 – 20:30


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