With the help of our chair, Madeleine Moon MP, the panel debated issues surrounding the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. This resolution recognises the devastating impact of conflict on women and the importance of women’s involvement in peacebuilding.
The book’s editors and contributors, Dr. Karen Barnes, Eka Ipke, Njoki Wamai and Dr. ’Funmi Olonisakin shared their findings on the inclusion of women in peacekeeping, peace negotiations and post-conflict reconstruction in 8 countries and 4 regional organisations.
Another of our panelists, Professor John Packer of Essex University, contributed practical suggestions for bringing women to the peace table. Check out his insightful booklet from the Initiative on Quiet Diplomacy, SCR 1325 and Women's Participation: Operational Guidelines for Conflict Resolution and Peace Processes.
A rousing discussion followed with great feedback from the audience. The debate covered subjects from the importance of women’s education and peacebuilding skills training, to funding for UN Women, and the glaring absence of women at the negotiating table.
You can’t make peace by leaving half of the people out.added by