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Roundtables and Events

“Our decisions do have impact on individuals; they can, and do, change lives. Whether this be returning a child to a home she has never known; enabling women, even at the most local level, to have a say in the kind of post-conflict society in which they want to live or allowing a farmer to return to his land free from the fear of mines, the decisions we make here in New York resonate around the world.”

- H.E. Ambassador Emyr Jones-Parry, Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the UN

At United Nations Headquarters, the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security brings together decision-makers from the United Nations, its Member States and civil society field actors in roundtables and events with the aim to advance policy on women, peace and security.

Upcoming Conference: “Precarious Progress: U.N. Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security”

August 2010

The 2010 Women PeaceMakers Conference coincides with a momentous year, marking both the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the 10th anniversary of UNSCR 1325. In anticipation of these celebrations, this working conference is situated to develop, distill and disseminate expert opinion from practitioners and policymakers of all levels. Delegates will reflect on the implementation and challenges of UNSCRs on women, peace and security (1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889) and analyze their practical considerations.

Date: September 29 – October 1, 2010
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
Registration Deadline: 13 September 2010

Conference Website [LINK]

NGO Consulation on Women, Peace and Security Indicator Development

March 12 2010

In recognition of the key role that civil society actors around the world play in the implementation and monitoring of women, peace and security measures, the NGOWG on Women, Peace and Security was invited by UNIFEM and OSAGI to convene a civil society consultation on the indicator report on SCR 1325, as requested in SCR 1889, OP 17:

“…a set of indicators for use at the global level to track implementation of its resolution 1325 (2000), which could serve as a common basis for reporting by relevant United Nations entities, other international and regional organizations, and Member States, on the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000) in 2010 and beyond”

As a result of this consultation, and despite the tight timeline, more than 150 suggestions to improve the indicators were provided by NGO colleagues from around the world. While incomplete as a consultation of all those civil society actors who have valid and useful input to give in this process, the degree of expertise reflected in this consultation demonstrates the importance of continuing to substantively engage with NGOs as the indicators continue to be honed and improved.

Because of the short time-period, and because many key civil society representatives were not able to be present in New York on this date, we sought to ensure that our consultation system allowed as many voices to be heard as possible. Our goal was to have clear, concerted, and constructive messages – from those who can attend and those who cannot – to bring the consultation on the 12th March.
In preparation for this meeting, on 3rd March 2010 the NGOWG sent NGO colleagues the TWGGI‟s background report for the selection of indicators. On 9th March 2010, the TWGGI made available the current “shortlist” of draft indicators to the participants in the consultation.

Background Information [Link]
Download Outcome Document [PDF]

UNSCR 1325: A Regional Perspective for Effective Implementation

March 5 2010

On March 5, 2010, as part of the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) hosted a panel discussion for partners in the Great Lakes Region, the Mano River Region, and the Horn of Africa to share their experiences and initiatives that advance the implementation of SCR1325 in Africa to help women fully to participate in the peace building process in their countries.

Panel on “Sexual violence in conflict”

June 8 2009

As the first annual Secretary General’s report on SCR 1820 on sexual violence in conflict was prepared, there was a great deal of discussion in the international community regarding sexual violence as a security issue. In recognition of this an expert panel co-organized by the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security and the Open Society Institute and hosted by the Mission of Austria to the United Nations, was held to provide some thoughts on understanding patterns of sexual violence by armed groups; how is condemned or condoned; and that sexual violence is not inevitable in conflict.

This was followed by a discussion on how such information can be gathered and used by the Security Council as it moves forward on the implementation of both SCR 1820 and SCR 1325. This panel will followed up on and investigate one of the key issues raised during the discussion on sexual violence data collection hosted at the Austrian mission on 13th January, 2009.


Elisabeth Woods, Professor, Yale University
Ms. Woods is currently undertaking research on patterns and variance of sexual violence by armed groups. She is developing a framework for the study of sexual violence as part of armed groups’ repertoires of violence and seeking to understand when it is or not used as a tactic of war.

Jocelyn Kelly, Researcher, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Ms. Kelly is currently undertaking research on sexual violence in DRC. She has just completed research on the Mai Mai in order to understand their command structures, communications channels and its use of sexual violence as a tactic. The next phase of her research will be on this same issue with other groups in Congo, including the FDLR and CNDP.

Panel on "Sexual violence in DRC - Evidence-based data collection: What is possible and what is not in a humanitarian setting"

January 13 2009

Dr. Michael VanRooyen and his research colleagues at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative are currently conducting research on sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On the 13th January, they presented their initial findings and lead a discussion about what evidence-based data collection is possible in a humanitarian setting, and how it can substantively inform policy and programming debates. As part of this discussion, the panelists addressed the growing notion that ‘counting rape cases’ is the best basis for providing effective protection and response. They presented their findings that prevalence surveys are cost-prohibitive, often provide unreliable data, do not add-value to policy debates, and can actually weaken programming response.


Dr. Michael VanRooyen, MD, MPH
Co-Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Associate Professor in the Department of Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Jocelyn Kelly, MS
Gender-based Violence Research Coordinator, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Download Presentation [PDF]