The Next 15 Years of Resolution 1325: Charting a Path Forward
Since the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security in the year 2000, there have been both significant advancements and dramatic shortfalls in global efforts to advance women’s inclusion in preventing, resolving, and rebuilding from conflict. Against a backdrop of progress in international, regional, and national policies, how can key actors improve implementation so that women’s decision-making in peace and security increases at all levels? As collaborative approaches to peace become the prerequisite, how can governments and civil society work together to deliver inclusive and sustainable peace? And how can women continue to advance their leadership in this realm in the face of unconventional security threats? These were the questions that civil society and several international government leaders grappled with as they gathered in Washington, DC, on October 13, 2015, to mark the fifteenth anniversary of Resolution 1325. A number of ideas for action emerged from the roundtable meeting and small-group discussions, which focused on three broad objectives: to translate policies into progress; bridge divides between governments and civil society; and advance women’s leadership in addressing unconventional threats.