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365 Days of Action: Investing in Women Peacebuilders and Humanitarian Responders
28 Oct 2019 -  The landmark UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2000) will turn 20 on 31 October 2020. Two decades after the Security Council first observed that a lack of gender equality adversely affects the maintenance of international peace and security, more attention is being paid to ensure women’s meaningful participation in peace processes than ever before. Over the past decade, an unquestionable evidence base has emerged demonstrating that women’s participation in peace and security processes expands the reach and impact of humanitarian aid, accelerates economic recovery, strengthens the efforts of peacekeepers, prevents radicalization and counters the spread of violent extremism.
However, the absence of women from peace negotiations, decision-making and humanitarian response is regrettably still far too common.
The Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) is a first-of-its-kind global partnership of the United Nations, governments and civil society organizations, working to empower women around the world to be a force for lasting peace.
The 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325+20) in October 2020—converging with the Beijing+25 anniversary and the marking of five years of the SDGs—constitutes a bold new milestone in recognizing and showcasing the concrete contributions made by women peacebuilders and humanitarian responders around the world. In 2018, WPHF launched a global campaign aiming to mobilize USD $40 million by the end of 2020 to support community-based, grassroots women’s organizations across all of its 24 eligible countries.
Hosted in partnership with the Governments of Canada and Norway, the Spotlight Initiative, the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)—this side event will showcase the launch of WPHF’s public advocacy efforts and provide a powerful platform for grassroots women working in fragile contexts to reinvigorate the global dialogue on WPS, spotlight their impact and inspire bold action to mobilize concrete financing for their cause.
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