Women Count for Peace: UNDP welcomes women activists

21 Oct 2010

In observance of the tenth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 — the landmark document to ensure women’s peace and security in post-conflict situations —¬† Open Days on Women, Peace and Security were held in 25 post-conflict countries from June to September 2010. The initiative, the first of its kind, was designed to enable direct dialogue between women’s peacebuilding organizations, women community leaders, and senior UN leadership at the country level.

On 21 October, UN Headquarters held a Global Open Day to showcase the recommendations that emerged from these meetings. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan and senior leadership from the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), and United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM, part of UN Women), met with women activists from post-conflict countries to discuss ways in which the UN system can support the women, peace and security agenda.

Women peace advocates also presented a report summarizing the landmark meetings between women’s peace groups, governments, and the UN in dozens of countries.

Read the report: Women Count for Peace: The 2010 Open Days on Women, Peace and Security (PDF, 7Mb)

View a video where key women activists in Liberia, Nepal, Kosovo, Afghanistan, discuss security sector reform and what security means to women in their country.