Information and Resources on Gender Equality and Gender Research in Norway

6th Anniversary of UN Resolution 1325
The Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security calls for the full protection of women in war and conflicts and their participation in peace processes. On October 31 the Nowegian Government presented the work with the Norwegian Plan of Action, and the website Gender in Norway was launched.

The latest development in the international gender equality system is UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, adopted on October 31 2000.  The resolution calls for the full protection of women in wars and conflicts, impunity for gender based violence, and for women’s participation in all levels of peace processes. This was the first time in history that the Security Council adopted a resolution on issues concerning women’s roles and experiences in armed conflicts.

The Norwegian Government aims to mainstream women’s rights into all the peace processes Norway are involved in. Norway has developed a National Action Plan for implementing Security Council Resolution 1325:

... A characteristic of most of today’s conflicts is that the civilian population is the object of widespread and systematic attacks. Women and children constitute a majority of the civilian population, and are therefore particularly affected. At the same time, an increasing number of women and girls are participating as combatants, either voluntarily or involuntarily. Despite this, women’s experiences in conflict situations are marginalised to an unacceptable degree, and their roles and contributions to conflict resolution overlooked. Today, women are often not included in forums where decisions concerning peace and security are made, whether at local, national or international level. ....

... The responsibility for implementing Resolution 1325 rests largely with UN Member States, through measures at national level, through contributions to the UN’s efforts to promote peace and security, and through bilateral peace initiatives in countries affected by conflict. ...

... We will work for the increased participation and representation of women in local and international peacebuilding processes. We will seek to increase the recruitment of women to peace operations run by international organisations such as the UN, NATO, the EU and the OSCE. We will intensify our efforts to safeguard women’s right to protection in conflict situations. The Government will cooperate with national and international NGOs in implementing these important objectives. ...

Norwegian Government’s Action Plan
for the Implementation of UN Security Council
Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security