This Thursday Oct 25th Bolivia will chair the 18th Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security of the UN Security Council. During this debate all UN member states will discuss the current implementation of the global Women, Peace and Security agenda. It was in 2000 when the first of eight UN Security Council Resolutions, Resolution 1325, was adopted to ensure better protection of women and girls in conflict and their meaningful participation in peace processes.
Meanwhile several UN member states and the global Women, Peace and Security civil society movement are organizing side events to address the still existing mismatch between paper commitments and practice. WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform and its members CARE, Cordaid and Oxfam Novib are taking part by co-organizing a side event on Oct 24th hosted by the Dutch Permanent Mission to the UN on better protection of women and girls against sexual violence in CAR and women leadership in Yemen. In addition WO=MEN co-hosts a strategy session on Oct 23rd with Isis-WICE and MFFPS on Burundi women and youth´s participation in the on-going peace dialogue. On Oct. 22ndthe Dutch Permanent Mission will co-organize an arria-formula meeting on conflict related sexual violence and sanctions.
Keep posted on this ´Open Debate´ week´s events and outcomes by checking our website and social media. For any additional questions, please contact Anne-Floor Dekker, program manager Gender, Peace and Security at WO=MEN.