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Monthly Action Points on Women, Peace & Security for July 2014

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security

In the MAP for July 2014, the NGOWG had several recommendations for the Security Council on the current situation in the Central African Republic:

The situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to worsen, with civilians bearing the brunt of the conflict, and with human rights violations and abuses in the country amounting to possible war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Council should support the deployment of gender and women protection advisers as recently advocated for in the SC by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, as well as child protection advisers, to focus on violations and abuses committed against women and children, including all forms of sexual violence in armed conflict, as stated in SCR 2121 (2013), ensuring that medical and psychosocial services are available and accessible as per SCR 2127 (2013). The Council should insist on accountability for atrocities committed by all armed groups and security forces operating in the country, and reinforce efforts to ensure justice systems are re-established, with investigations and prosecutions conducted according to international standards. As the Council receives a revised version of preliminary report of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) established to investigate violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in CAR, the specific violations targeting women should be discussed and make sure that the Commission has all the resources and technical support it needs to conclude its work. In particular, the Council should make sure that the Secretary-General speedily appoints the third Commissioner who is now missing. Council members should urge the UN Secretariat to speed up preparations for the full deployment of MINUSCA, which is to take over from MISCA on September 15. In particular, the Council should insist that all possible support is given to MISCA in order both to facilitate its protection of civilians’ activities in the transition period, as well as to better prepare those troops that will be part of MINUSCA.

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Monthly Action Points on Women, Peace & Security for June 2014

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security

In the MAP for June 2014, the NGOWG had several recommendations for the Security Council on the current situation in the Central African Republic:

As the Council discusses the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), including the preliminary report of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) established to investigate violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in CAR, the specific violations targeting women should be discussed. Further, the Council should reinforce the need to fully resource and implement the mandate of the UN mission in CAR (MINUSCA), including its provisions for protection of civilians, and support for the transition process, which includes assisting the Transitional Authorities in ensuring women’s full and effective participation in all mediation, reconciliation, national dialogue, transitional justice and electoral processes (SCR 2149, OP
30(a)(b)(e). Further any benchmarks established for the new mission should include the participation of women in peace processes; protection of civilians, including women; and active participation of women’s civil society organizations in conflict resolution and transitional justice efforts, as measurements of success. The Council should insist on accountability for atrocities committed by all armed groups and security forces operating in the country, and reinforce efforts to ensure justice systems are re-established, with investigations and prosecutions conducted according to international standards.


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Monthly Action Points on Women, Peace & Security for April 2014

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security

In the MAP for April 2014, the NGOWG had several recommendations for the Security Council on the current situation in the Central African Republic:

As the Council discusses options for the UN’s engagement in the Central African Republic (CAR), the situation continues to worsen, with civilians bearing the brunt of the conflict, and with human rights violations in the country amounting to possible war crimes and crimes against humanity. Any UN presence should have a robust mandate to protect civilians and monitor human rights, as well as call for the deployment of gender advisors, women protection advisers, and child protection advisers to focus on violations and abuses committed against women and children, including all forms of sexual violence in armed conflict, as stated in SCR 2121 (2013), ensuring that medical and psychosocial services are available and accessible as per SCR 2127 (2013). Any benchmarks established for the new mission should include the participation of women in peace processes; protection of civilians, including women; and active participation of women’s civil society organizations in conflict resolution and transitional justice efforts; as measurements of success. The Council should insist on accountability for atrocities committed by all armed groups and security forces operating in the country, and reinforce efforts to ensure justice systems are re-established, with investigations and prosecutions conducted according to international standards.

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Monthly Action Points on Women, Peace & Security for March 2014

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security

In the MAP for March 2014, the NGOWG had several recommendations for the Security Council on the current situation in the Central African Republic:

As the Council prepares to review the report on options for the UN’s engagement in the Central African Republic (CAR), the situation continues to worsen, with civilians bearing the brunt of the conflict, and with human rights violations in the country amounting to possible war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Council should support the deployment of gender advisors, women protection advisers, and child protection advisers to focus on violations and abuses committed against women and children, including all forms of sexual violence in armed conflict, as stated in SCR 2121 (2013), ensuring that medical and psychosocial services are available and accessible as per SCR 2127 (2013). The Council should insist on accountability for atrocities committed by all armed groups and security forces operating in the country, and reinforce efforts to ensure justice systems are re-established, with investigations and prosecutions conducted according to international standards.

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Monthly Action Points on Women, Peace & Security for January 2014

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security

In the MAP for January 2014, the NGOWG had several recommendations for the Security Council on the current situation in the Central African Republic:

As the Council prepares to review the report on the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) and is expected to renew BINUCA’s mandate, the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to worsen, with civilians bearing the brunt of the conflict, and with human rights violations in the country amounting to possible war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Council should support the deployment of gender advisors, women protection advisers, and child protection advisers to focus on violations and abuses committed against women and children, including all forms of sexual violence in armed conflict, as stated in SCR 2121 (2013), ensuring that medical and psychosocial services are available and accessible as per SCR 2127 (2013). The Council should insist on accountability for atrocities committed by all armed groups and security forces operating in the country, and reinforce efforts to ensure justice systems are re-established, with investigations and prosecutions conducted according to international standards.

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Monthly Action Points on Women, Peace & Security for December 2013

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security

In the MAP for December 2013, the NGOWG had several recommendations for the Security Council on the current situation in the Central African Republic:

The situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to worsen, with civilians bearing the brunt of the conflict and the absence of rule of law in the country. The Council should support the deployment of gender advisers, women protection advisers, and child protection advisers to focus on violations and abuses committed against women and children, including all forms of sexual violence in armed conflict, as stated in SCR 2121 (2013). The Council should further discuss the extent to which additional resources are forthcoming, and will be maintained moving forward, in order to ensure that women are not only protected, but that their participation in any peace process, as well as peacebuilding efforts and future elections, is supported to the fullest extent. The Security Council should also ensure MISCA has all the support it needs to deploy - in adequate numbers and with the necessary training - resources and capacity to protect civilians from harm, with the strict application of the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy. The Council should seriously consider the possibility of transforming MISCA into a United Nations peacekeeping operation, without delay, if this would be the most effective tool for the protection of the civilian population. The Council should insist on accountability for atrocities committed by all armed groups and security forces operating in the country, and reinforce efforts to ensure justice systems are re-established, with investigations and prosecutions conducted according to international standards.

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Monthly Action Points on Women, Peace & Security for November 2013

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security

In the MAP for November 2013, the NGOWG had several recommendations for the Security Council on the current situation in the Central African Republic:

The situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to worsen, and civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict and the absence of rule of law in the country. On 10 October, the Security Council updated and reinforced the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) through the adoption of resolution 2121 (2013). However, to implement the new mandate, the Mission will need considerable extra resources in order to “monitor, help investigate and report to the Council” on any abuses or violations of international human rights or humanitarian law committed anywhere in the country. In order to do this, there must be gender advisers, and deployment of women protection advisers and child protection advisers, to focus on violations and abuses committed against children and women, including all forms of sexual violence in armed conflict, as stated in SCR 2121 (2013). The Council should ensure these extra resources are forthcoming and maintained moving forward in order to ensure women are not only protected, but their participation in any peace process, as well as peacebuilding efforts and future elections, is supported to the fullest extent. The Security Council should be ready to swiftly consider the options to be presented by the Secretary-General for MISCA to allow for this force to deploy in adequate numbers and with the necessary training, resources and capacity to protect civilians from harm, with the strict application of the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy. The Council should seriously consider the possibility of transforming MISCA into a United Nations peacekeeping operation, without delay, if this would be the most effective tool for the protection of the civilian population in the CAR and the promotion and protection of its human rights. The Council should inquire into accountability for atrocities committed by all armed groups and security forces operating in the country, and reinforce efforts to ensure justice systems are re-established and investigations and prosecutions are conducted according to international standards. With the support of international forces operating in the CAR, the Council should press the authorities to make sure that those persons under arrest warrants by the ICC are apprehended and transferred to the Court.


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Monthly Action Points on Women, Peace & Security for October 2013

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security

In the MAP for October 2013, the NGOWG had several recommendations for the Security Council on the current situation in the Central African Republic:

The situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to worsen, and civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict and the absence of rule of law in the country. The Security Council should take urgent action and expand the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) to provide it with the necessary resources and support to allow the mission to monitor, investigate and report publicly to the Council on any abuses or violations of international human rights or humanitarian law committed anywhere in the country. The Council should take action to address women’s protection concerns and overcome barriers to women’s participation, particularly by supporting local civil society efforts to develop coherent strategies to promote women’s political participation. The Councilshould press the CAR government, with the support of the newly-created AFISM-CAR/MISCA force, to ensure conditions are restored to enable the UN and other international actors to resume work in service provision and human rights monitoring through the BINUCA Human Rights and Justice unit. The Security Council should support the deployment of AFISM-CAR/MISCA in adequate numbers and with the necessary training, resources and capacity to protect civilians from harm, with the strict application of the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy. The Council should inquire into accountability for atrocities committed by all armed groups and security forces operating in the country, including efforts to ensure justice systems are re-established and investigations and prosecutions are conducted according to international standards. With the support of international forces operating in the CAR, the authorities should make sure those persons under arrest warrants by the ICC are apprehended and transferred to the Court.


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Monthly Action Points on Women, Peace & Security for August 2013

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security

In the MAP for August 2013, the NGOWG had several recommendations for the Security Council on the current situation in the Central African Republic:

The Council is expected to discuss the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), where civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict, as inaction on the part of the Security Council has allowed exacerbation of the human rights and humanitarian crisis. In its discussion of the report on the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA), the Council should seriously consider taking steps to ensure accountability and the protection of civilians to curb the human rights violations and abuses now taking place in CAR. The Council should ensure its actions address women’s protection concerns and overcoming barriers to women’s participation, particularly by supporting local civil society efforts to develop coherent strategies to promote women’s political participation. The Council should press the CAR government to ensure conditions are restored to enable the UN and other international actors to resume work in service provision and human rights monitoring through the BINUCA Human Rights and Justice unit. The Council should inquire into accountability for atrocities committed by the LRA, including efforts being made to ensure justice systems are established and LRA leaders are apprehended, inter alia transfer to the ICC of those persons under arrest warrants by the Court. Finally, there should be concrete efforts made to provide technical assistance and capacity building on the issue of human rights as a component of BINUCA’s work in the country.

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Monthly Action Points on Women, Peace & Security for June 2013

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security

In the MAP for June 2013, the NGOWG had several recommendations for the Security Council on the current situation in the Central African Republic:

Civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict in the deteriorating situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), as inaction on the part of the Security Council is allowing exacerbation of the human rights and humanitarian crisis. In its discussion of the reports on the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA), the Council should seriously consider recommendations made by BINUCA in terms of accountability and protection of civilians to curb the human rights violations and abuses now taking place in CAR. The Council should ensure the report provides specific information, analysis and recommendations on how BINUCA will address women’s protection concerns and how barriers to women’s participation will be overcome. The Council should press the CAR government to ensure conditions are restored to enable the UN and other international actors to resume work in service provision and human rights monitoring through the BINUCA Human Rights and Justice unit. The Council should inquire into accountability for atrocities committed by the LRA, including efforts being made to ensure justice systems are established and LRA leaders are apprehended, including transfer to the ICC of those persons under arrest warrants by the Court.

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Monthly Action Points on Women, Peace & Security for March 2013

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security

In the MAP for March 2013, the NGOWG had several recommendations for the Security Council on the current situation in the Central African Republic:

Given ongoing concerns regarding violations of women’s human rights in the country, in its discussion of the report on the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA), the Council should inquire into impunity for atrocities committed by the LRA, including what efforts are being made to ensure justice systems are established and LRA leaders are apprehended. Vetting and gender training of armed forces is necessary, as is attention to the protection of civilians in all areas of the country. The Council should ensure the report provides specific information, analysis and recommendations on how BINUCA will address women’s protection concerns, given the current situation in CAR, and how barriers to women’s participation will be overcome.

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Monthly Action Points on Women, Peace & Security for February 2013

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security

In the MAP for February 2013, the NGOWG had several recommendations for the Security Council on the current situation in the Central African Republic:

Given the ongoing instability in the Central African Republic, and the lack of implementation of the Libreville Accords, the Security Council should ensure that it supports the rights and concerns of women in all discussions on the situation, particularly in efforts to strengthen mediation, early warning and conflict prevention, and in justice and security sector reform efforts regionally, and that women participate fully and equally in all of these efforts. In addition, the Council should work with regional and national actors to strengthen human rights institutions and judicial systems to ensure accountability for human rights violations. Finally, all relevant actors should implement necessary protection measures, particularly for women and girls.

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Monthly Action Points on Women, Peace & Security for January 2013

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security

In the MAP for January 2013, the NGOWG had several recommendations for the Security Council on the current situation in the Central African Republic:

The mandate of the UN office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) is set to be extended per SCR 2027. In light of the current instability, massive internal displacement, and increasing violence, the Council should ensure that protection of civilians, in particular of women, and respect for human rights and international humanitarian law is central to all action on the situation. The Council should call for the end to human rights violations, including sexual violence, perpetrated by forces involved in the current dispute. Further, given the recent visit of the SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict, the Council should follow-up on commitments made in the two Joint Communiqués between the UN and the Government as well as on the status of efforts to address impunity and provision of services for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

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Monthly Action Points on Women, Peace & Security for December 2012

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security

In the MAP for December 2012, the NGOWG had several recommendations for the Security Council on the current situation in the Central African Republic:

The situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to worsen, with civilians bearing the brunt of the conflict and the absence of rule of law in the country. The Council should support the deployment of gender advisers, women protection advisers, and child protection advisers to focus on violations and abuses committed against women and children, including all forms of sexual violence in armed conflict, as stated in SCR 2121 (2013). The Council should further discuss the extent to which additional resources are forthcoming, and will be maintained moving forward, in order to ensure that women are not only protected, but that their participation in any peace process, as well as peacebuilding efforts and future elections, is supported to the fullest extent. The Security Council should also ensure MISCA has all the support it needs to deploy - in adequate numbers and with the necessary training - resources and capacity to protect civilians from harm, with the strict application of the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy. The Council should seriously consider the possibility of transforming MISCA into a United Nations peacekeeping operation, without delay, if this would be the most effective tool for the protection of the civilian population. The Council should insist on accountability for atrocities committed by all armed groups and security forces operating in the country, and reinforce efforts to ensure justice systems are re-established, with investigations and prosecutions conducted according to international standards.

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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

12 March 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]

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Making Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) a Reality

11 March 2010

NGOWG member Women's International League for Peace Freedom (WILPF) hosted this event during the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.


In Harm’s Way: Girls in Settings of Endemic Armed Violence

9 March 2010

NGOWG member International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), in conjunction with the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, hosted this panel to discuss the impact of armed violence on women and girls, which is particularly brutal in many conflict zones, as well as countries where it has reached a chronic level.

Speakers:

    Rebecca Gerome, The Advocacy Project, Colombia/France
    Glynis Alonzo-Beaton, YWCA, Guyana
    Daniel Prins, UN Office for Disarmament Affairs
    Florella Hazely, Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms
    Bibiane Aningina Tshefu
    , Women as Partners for Peace in Africa, DRC


CSW 54th: Women at the Flash Point-2: Security and Governance Concerns

8 March 2010

NGOWG Executive Coordinator Sarah Taylor was a featured speaker at this event, hosted by Gender Concerns International, which focused on UNSCR 1325 and good practices from Afghanistan and neighboring countries. A follow-up to the conferences held in The Hague on 14 January 2010 and in Kabul on 7 July 2009, the event highlighted the impact of recent international security and governance strategies and the challenges posed to Afghan, the regional and the international women’s organizations.

Speakers:

    Sarah Taylor, Executive Coordinator, NGOWG on Women, Peace and Security
    Robert Dijksterhuis, Head of Gender Division, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Head of Dutch Delegation to CSW