Empowering Women to Promote Peace and Security

Women and girls are likely to suffer the most during times of conflict. The vital role they have to play in preventing conflict, building peace and reconstructing their communities is often overlooked. However, the active political and economic participation of women offers a real opportunity to construct lasting peace, reduce poverty and enhance development.

UNFPA is committed to safeguarding women's reproductive health and well-being, including protecting them against gender-based violence, during and after times of conflict. Beyond this, the Fund empowers women to take an active role in building sustainable peace.

Fifth Anniversary of Resolution 1325
In 2000, the Security Council adopted its landmark resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security.

UN Security Council Resolution 1325

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 is the first resolution ever passed by the Security Council that specifically addresses the impact of war on women, and women's contributions to conflict resolution and sustainable peace. UNFPA is part of an interagency Task Force to implement the resolution, which was adopted on 31 October 2000. Since then, the Fund has been very active. [see statement by UNFPA Executive Director]

Priorities for 2005 involve three strategies to ensure that women's concerns and rights are taken fully into account in conflict and post-conflict situations:

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