On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 of 2000 (UNSCR 1325) and the nine subsequent resolutions adopted under the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is issuing this paper to reflect discussions and opinions by feminist activists in theMiddle East and North Africa (MENA) on how they view the WPS Agenda and how they engage with it in their work.
WILPF believes that it is important to examine what has been achieved, identify gaps and impediments, and have a grassroots-informed approach to the way forward.
This policy brief echoes the focus and main findings of WILPF’s global report on the occasion of the 20th anniversary, that there are three primary challenges to progress on Women, Peace and Security:
1. Militarism and militarisation;
2. The patriarchal and political underpinnings of the agenda; and
3. Lack of accountability for implementation.
Celebrating the WPS Agenda is important, but a critical review is also essential in order to develop a strategy for moving forward.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.