Building on decades of civil society advocacy for women’s human rights, in 2000, the United Nations Security Council issued UNSCR 1325, the first of eight resolutions aimed at improving the participation of women in peacebuilding and prevention of conflict and addressing conflict-related sexual violence. The UK-led Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative drew further attention to the problems of accountability and impunity and the need to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice. Yet, despite this global attention and goodwill, and some success, in 2015 the UN’s review of progress identified significant and persistent challenges in ensuring women’s human rights and their full and equal participation in matters of peace and security. Progress has been made but significant and damaging global problems persist.
The two-day intensive course covers:
- The social, political and economic context: what we know (and what we don’t know) about women in war and conflict-affected areas, including: sexual and gender-based violence; access to land and property; loss of family members and documentation; displacement; migration; seeking asylum and refuge.
- The global ‘Women, Peace and Security’ agenda: history, evolution and critiques, including examination of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions; the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative and the 2015 Global Study of UNSCR 1325.
- The international legal framework: using International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law in promoting and protecting women’s human rights in conflict environments.
- Participation, Protection, Prevention, Relief and Recovery: in-depth examination of the four pillars of the UN Women, Peace and Security agenda including: participation in peace negotiation and peacekeeping; definitions of and responsibility for protection; increasing accountability and ending impunity for conflict-related sexual violence; delivering medical and psycho-social care for survivors.