As a Signatory to the Dutch National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325, Gender Concerns International welcomes the opportunity to commit the extension of its pledge till the end of 2020 at the NAP´s signatory event on the 27th of November.
2020 will mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of UNSCR 1325. The world community on the ground that has been engaged in the implementation of the resolution remains committed to support women in conflict zones.
The three P approach that identifies as Protection, Prevention and Participation has been the thematic focus of most of the work done by international and local stakeholders.
Gender Concerns International was established in 2004, 4 years after the adoption of the resolution. When it started its ground-breaking work on women, peace and security in Afghanistan and Kashmir and had invited women`s delegations from these countries to the first launch of the Dutch NAP on UNSCR1325 in 2008.
UNSCR 1325 has helped the organisation to advocate and support the P of Participation. Gender Concerns has supported Political participation of women in negotiations, attendance in international meetings and women`s electoral participation to enhance female leadership and inclusive decision-making. This work has led to the innovative tool of GEOM; Gender Election Observation Mission.
A 20-year journey on Women, Peace and Security work has been evaluated by various actors and new areas to further improve the work on UNSCR1325 have been identified as future targets.
Gender Concern has noted the declining interest for the Participation P in the Dutch NAP III and recommends to the Task Force 1325 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the NAP Community to balance this deficit in our joint NAP IV.
The Dutch NAP UNSCR1325 Community, marks the 20th Anniversary by preparing the kickstart of the development of the Fourth Dutch National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 in 2020.