Nineteen years after the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which reaffirmed the important role of women in peace and security, the international community is reflecting on the impact of this commitment and how to fulfill the women, peace, and security (WPS) agenda. IPI’s WPS program hosted a staff meeting with the US State Department’s civil society delegation of African women leaders on October 28th during the week of the Security Council Open Debate on WPS to exchange expertise on what needs to be done in different country contexts to promote peace and security through a gender lens.
IPI Senior Fellow Sarah Taylor described IPI’s research on the status of the Resolution 1325. The women, from 18 countries, also shared reflections on their country situations, and raised particular issues that were specific to each context such as terrorism by Boko Haram or the misinformation that has affected the conflict in Mali.
In attendance from the US State Department’s civil society delegation were women from:
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- South Sudan
- The Gambia