Conflict Prevention

Women and Conflict Prevention in Latin America

December 28, 2012

by Sabrina Karim

Over a decade after a landmark global effort to increase the participation of women in peace and security efforts much of the Americas is still behind the curve.

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSC 1325), passed in 2000, reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in all efforts aimed at promoting peace and security. One pillar of this resolution is to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all UN-administered peace and security efforts. It also calls on all parties to conflict to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse. 

But actually operationalizing the resolution requires individual countries to adopt National Action Plans (NAPs). And here's where the region falls short.  

National Action Plans serve as a guide for governments to articulate priorities and coordinate the implementation of Resolution 1325. This includes integrating different government agencies and working with civil society to accelerate the provisions mandated by UNSC 1325. However, to date, only 38 countries have adopted NAPs; of these, only three—the United States, Canada and Chile—are in the Western Hemisphere.

This seems odd given that countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have NAPs, in addition to most European countries. Why do we not see more Latin American countries adopt NAPs? 

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Tags: Women's rights, Conflict Prevention