The NGO Working Group and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) partnered to conduct a series of SCR 1325 trainings in Central Asia with the aim of raising awareness and enhancing national level implementation of SCR 1325 in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The workshops identified possible areas of national priority in regard to gender and security and steps forward to enhance national level implementation of SCR 1325.
The consequences of women’s exclusion and marginalization pose a significant threat to human security and sustainable peace and development. These consequences are far-reaching and manifest into core security risks such as the absence of legal and human rights, lack of protection against gender-based violence, lack of access to justice, health, education, and exclusion from participation in economic life, credit, land and natural resources. These issues not only constitute underlying sources of political and economic instability, but also result in the weakening of social and family units and the welfare of communities as a whole. Including women’s needs and priorities in peace and security policy is critical to sustainable peace and development.