Ten-year Impact Study on Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security in Peacekeeping
Publication Date: Jan 2010
This report from 2010 reviews a decade of implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, the first resolution to address the specific impacts of conflict on women and call for women's engagement in peace processes. The report shows a mixed record on the overall contribution of UN peacekeeping to the implementation of the resolution. A key message within the report is that greater action is needed by United Nations peacekeeping missions - working with local women, national authorities and UN Member States - to increase the limited participation of women in peace negotiations, national security institutions and governance in post-conflict situations. According to the report, peacekeeping has played a crucial role in the significant progress made in women's participation in politics - as voters, candidates and elected officials. The most marked difference in political representation of women has come in countries where quotas are in place, such as Timor-Leste and Burundi. Peacekeeping missions have influenced legal and judicial reforms by supporting the adoption of gender equality laws in several countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Sierra Leone. Deployments of patrols in high-risk areas in the Darfur region of Sudan and the DRC have also enhanced protection of women. The study also recommends: - A more robust response should be employed to fight against conflict-related sexual violence, which remains highly prevalent in peacekeeping mission areas. - The UN should devote more resources to the protection of women internally-displaced persons and refugees, with the support of international partners. - Understanding of and support for gender equality by senior peacekeeping personnel is variable, and senior management should be held to a higher level of accountability for compliance with resolution 1325 and peacekeeping gender policy.