- The continued deployment of gender advisers in UNAMI and women’s full and meaningful participation in all efforts to counter and prevent violent extremism and terrorism.
- The application of a gender lens in humanitarian assistance efforts, and consultations with women and girls including those displaced and those with disabilities, by all humanitarian and protection actors; and in the provision of comprehensive and non-discriminatory medical care, including trauma support and ongoing psychosocial counselling for survivors, and the full range of sexual and reproductive health services as mandated by SCR 2122 (2013), including access to emergency contraception and safe abortion services. Further, the Council should call on the Government of Iraq to allow civil society to provide direct services as local organizations are in the best position to reach displaced families and to provide shelter and aid.
- The Council should also urge the Government of Iraq to enable displaced women and girls to obtain temporary Civil Status Identification Documents, in the absence of a male family member to verify their identity, in order to ensure their access to essential public services and to reduce their risk of statelessness, increased exposure to SGBV, and discrimination; fully implement and fund Iraq’s National Action Plan on SCR 1325 in consultation with civil society; and establish training programs on the stigma associated with SGBV and on treatment protocols on appropriate care for survivors, including in hospital emergency rooms.
Abyei / South Sudan / SudanThe Council is expected to renew the mandate of the UN mission in Abyei (UNISFA). The Council must ensure effective implementation of the human rights monitoring mandate by expanding upon language in SCR 2179 (2014) on human rights monitoring in regards to sexual and gender-based violence by requesting specific reporting on women to help make such monitoring operational in Abyei. There should also be continued follow-up regarding gender training for security forces, the status of senior gender expertise for UNISFA, and implementation of the United Nations zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse in accordance with SCR 1990 (2011). Further, the Council should include women in the key negotiations between the Ngok Dinka and the Misseriya, as well as in the resumption of the Cooperation Agreements between Sudan and South Sudan. In any engagement with local organizations, UNISFA should engage with women and women’s organizations and fully ensure a gender perspective is adopted across its work.
- The implementation of SCR 2122 (2013) to ensure women’s participation in all political efforts to resolve the conflict, the assignment of capable gender advisers to the UN Special Envoy and negotiating teams, and the need for future rounds of negotiations to include formal consultations with women’s civil society organizations.
- Gender-sensitive reports and briefings which provide information on the scope of the situation for women, men, girls, and boys and the inclusion of particularly marginalized groups, such as women and adolescent girls who head households, and/or women who have disabilities or are care-givers of persons with disabilities.
- The need for OCHA to hold ongoing consultations with local and international civil society organizations, to devise localized relief efforts as part of the Syria Response Plan. All actors should also increase support to women’s civil society leaders, through the provision of financial assistance, technical support, and training on working under extreme conditions while also restricted by limited access to funding and within a shrinking operational space. Any efforts to prevent violent extremism in Syria should be developed in consultation with Syrian women-led civil society groups and give due recognition to the critical roles women are playing to combat violent extremism and radicalization in the country.
- Gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms committed in Syria against civilians being referred to the International Criminal Court, as well as other mechanisms that would promote truth and reconciliation, social recovery, and the reintegration of refugees.
- Investigations into the sexual exploitation of Syrian women and girls by aid workers, including those serving in refugee camps outside of Syria, in exchange for goods and services; the need to provide shelters and services for women and girls displaced by the conflict; and universal access to a full range of affordable healthcare.