This open letter, available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic, was sent to all UN Member States on behalf of 391 civil society organizations across 98 countries in advance of the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in October 2017. The letter calls on Member States to prioritize gender equality and women’s rights, and to increase their support for women civil society organizations and women human rights defenders.
The letter signed by 254 organizations across 55 countries calls for Member States to provide details of the progress made in meeting political, financial and political commitments made during last year’s High Level Review of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) marking the 15th anniversary of the women peace and security agenda.
In an Open Letter to Member States, over 100 civil society organizations call for real action, political will, and follow through on the women, peace and security agenda.
This letter urges the Security Council and all UN Member States to take strong action on all women, peace and security obligations and to address gaps in implementation.
In this Open Letter to the Permanent Representatives to the UN, the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security provides recommendations in view of the 12th anniversary of the adoption of resolution 1325 (2000) and the corresponding Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security on “The Role of Women’s Civil Society Organizations in Contributing to the Prevention and Resolution of Armed Conflict and Peacebuilding”.
This letter urges the Security Council and all UN Member States to take further action to ensure the full implementation of SCR 1325 and all relevant Women, Peace and Security obligations.
In response to the upsurge in violence, particularly sexual violence, within Guinea the NGO Working Group called on the Security Council to to ensure that the survivors of these acts of sexual violence receive true justice and that the situation is speedily resolved.
In advance of the UN Security Council annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security on the 5th October 2009, with the theme: “Responding to the needs of women and girls in post-conflict situations for sustainable peace and security,” the NGOWG sent a letter to all Member States urging them to make a statement at the debate and adopt key recommendations to ensure the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda.
Prior to the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security on 6 August 2009, the NGO Working Group sent this letter to Member States to urge them to make a statement at the Open Debate and ensure that the debate decisively addresses the use of sexual violence against women and girls in conflict-affected situations.
Recalling Resolution 1820 (2008), the NGO Working Group urgently called upon the Secretary-General to use his leadership to ensure the specific needs of women and girls were addressed in the DRC, given the context of increased violence, particularly sexual and gender based violence, in the North Kivu region.
This letter addressed to Permanent Representatives prior to the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security urges the Security Council and Secretary-General to take action on sexual and gender-based violence against women in conflict situations through systematic reporting, monitoring, and analysis.
In advance of the Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security on 23 October 2007 under the theme “Towards a Coherent and Effective Implementation of Security Council resolution 1325,” the NGOWG sent a letter addressed to every member of the United Nations, urging each Member State to make a statement and adopt recommendations for advancing the implementation of SCR 1325.