On March 26th, 2021, the CPCS held a discussion on “Women Peacemakers Before and After 1325: Learning Process on the Role of Women Peacemakers Globally” to concluded the Conference on Women and Gender 2021. Our guest speaker was Rajaa Altalli, Co-founder and Co-director of the Center for Civil Society and Democracy in Syria.
UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) established a normative framework to encourage and enable women to play a greater role in peacemaking, whether at the grass roots level or in formal political processes. This normative framework was based on the argument that women’s needs are not properly reflected in peace processes as they are undertaken, and that peace is most likely to endure if women are more strongly involved in its creation. Ten years after 1325, a range of processes have been put in place to deliver on this ambition, and we now have the experience and evidence to assess the impact of 1325 and the assumptions behind it. The learning process will contribute to this learning by exploring the following questions:
1. Women as meaningful mediators: What impact has 1325 had in terms of enabling women to play a ‘meaningful’ mediation role? The learning process will look to compare experiences of women peacemakers before and
after 1325 and to determine whether and how women have actively contributed to the achievement of peace.
2. The impact of women mediators: What evidence do we have that greater inclusion of women leads to better peacemaking? The process will look to gather evidence on the impact of women peacemakers in the period since 1325, and to explore what would the conflicts have looked like if they had not been involved.