IWTC Women's GlobalNet #309
Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide

October 27, 2006
By Sofia Binioris

1.  ANNIVERSARY (6th) OF UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION (SCR) 1325 BRINGS CIVIL SOCIETY WOMEN TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL IN AN ARRIA FORMULA AND OPEN DEBATE

2.  OTHER EVENTS OF THE WEEK

3.  NGO WORKING GROUP ON WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY (WGWPS) 6 YEARS ON REPORT ON SCR 1325, “SCR 1325 AND THE PEACEBUILDING COMMISSION”

4.  WOMEN, INK. CATALOGUE WITH NEW RESOURCES ON WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS, PEACE AND CONFLICT

 

1. ANNIVERSARY (6th) OF SCR 1325 BRINGS CIVIL SOCIETY WOMEN TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL IN AN ARRIA FORMULA AND OPEN DEBATE

 

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (WGWPS) has invited leading civil society women peacebuilders from Sierra Leone, Fiji, Sudan, and Burma to partner in advancing the implementation of Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 during a week of advocacy at the United Nations Headquarters, including presentations to the Security Council in an Arria Formula and Open Debate.  Other events will include Women’s Role in Peacebuilding, Enforcing SCR 1325 as International Law, and Gender and Disarmament, among others, and are being co-hosted by a wide variety of organizations.

 

Barbara Bangura, from Sierra Leone, addressed the Security Council in an Arria Formula meeting on Women, Peace and Security on Wednesday, October 25, 4:00-6:00pm, and spoke on the panel, “Women, Peace and Posts,” co-hosted by the office of the Special Advisor on Gender Issues and the DPKO, on October 25, 1:15-2:45pm.   

 

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, from Fiji, spoke on the panel, “National Implementation of Policy on Women, Peace and Security: Ways Forward – Dialogue and Consultation,” October 23, 10am-1pm, co-hosted by the WGWPS, the Office of the Special Advisor on Gender Issues, and the UK, Sweden, and Norway Missions to the UN.  Thin Thin Aung, the Women’s League of Burma Presidium Board Member for the Women’s Rights and Welfare Association of Burma (WRWAB), attended and participated in a number of events this week.

 

For further information, please contact Gina Torry, Coordinator, WGWPS.  ngowgcoordinator@peacewomen.org.

 

2. OTHER WOMEN AND PEACE BUILDING EVENTS OF THE WEEK

 

The week of October 23rd saw action on all fronts at UN headquarters in New York as country missions, UN agencies, and civil society looked at the role of women in peace building and reconstruction.  A quick scan of the titles suggest the range of  topics that were addressed such as “National Level Implementation of SCR 1325”

(Permanent Mission of UK, Norway, and Sweden, OSAGI, WGWPS);  “Gender Justice Initiative – Women Needs Peace and Peace Needs Justice”  (Permanent Mission of Sweden and UNIFEM);  “Beyond Victimhood: Women’s Peacebuilding in Times of Conflict”(Permanent Mission of Denmark, UNIFEM, International Crisis Group, and others);  Film Screening, “GRBAVICA,” Followed by Talk with Director (DAW, OSAGI, UNFPA, Medica Mondiale, DCAF)  and a Townhall Meeting and Breakfast with Women Peacebuilders  (WGWPS and UNIFEM).

 

3. NGO WGWPS SIX YEARS ON REPORT ON SCR 1325

 

The WGWPS launched their 88- page report, “SCR 1325 and the Peacebuilding Commission: Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security – Six Years on Report.” The purpose of the report is to examine progress made and gaps remaining in the implementation of SCR 1325 by states, UN entities, and civil society.  The focus of this year’s report is on the newly established Peacebuilding Commission.

 

For more information, or a free copy of the report, contact:

Rebecca Chiarelli, rchiarelli@womenpeacesecurity.org

 

4. WOMEN, INK. CATALOGUE WITH NEW RESOURCES ON WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS, PEACE AND CONFLICT

 

Women. Ink, a project of the International Women’s Tribune Centre, has released its latest catalogue of books and training resources on women and development in late October. The catalogue features over 70 new books from women's organizations and mainstream, university and small presses worldwide and is a "must have" for academics and activists who want to keep current on new thinking in the field of women, gender and development.†  The collection includes new titles on women’s human rights, armed conflict and the peace process, as well as

To receive a free copy, send an e-mail with your mailing address to joey@iwtc.org or write to:† Women, Ink., c/o International Women’s Tribune Centre, 777 UN Plaza, flr 3, New York, NY 10017.

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