Learning from Grassroots Women Peacebuilders to Advance the WPS Agenda Beyond 2020
Women, Peace and Security (WPS) is a grassroots-driven agenda and has the tireless work of civil society and local women peacebuilders to thank for its advancements. Taking inspiration from them, this year, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, with the Government of Ireland and UN Women, brought together women peacebuilders from different backgrounds and contexts to come together in Colombia, Northern Ireland, South Africa and Uganda to take stock of the WPS agenda in 2020. We wanted to hear directly from women peacebuilders, to learn from their experience and to shine a light on their recommendations twenty years on from the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. In particular, consultations focused discussions on the six priority areas outlined in the UN Secretary-General’s 2019 report. It is our hope that their insights shed light on this important agenda and that their answers will help guide implementation according to the on-the-ground reality.
At this event, the report of all the consultations will be presented with recommendations to progress WPS implementation beyond 2020. We seek to bring together grassroots women leaders who participated in the project with international leaders and champions of gender equality to reflect on what UNSCR 1325 has achieved for women. On the twentieth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 we must listen to these local perspectives at the UN and ensure their implementation. Only through listening to their voices will we ensure that the progress achieved is maintained and that the transformative ambition of WPS agenda can be realised for the next twenty years.