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Enhancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian Region Practical examples of women’s participation and leadership in conflict prevention, reconciliation and peace-building processes. Almaty, 11-12 November 2013 Dr. Brigitte Holzner

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Enhancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian RegionPractical examples of women’s participation and leadership in conflict prevention, reconciliation and peace-building processes.

Almaty, 11-12 November 2013

Dr. Brigitte Holzner

Former Gender Advisor to EULEX(European Rule of Law Mission)

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  • Status, progress and perspectives of practical enforcement of the UNSCRs
  • Addressing women’s needs and role in reconstruction processes
  • Examples from Kosovo
two selected topics from the unscrs on wps
Two selected topics from the UNSCRs on WPS
  • PARTICIPATION – Promoting women’s full engagement in peace processes and post-conflict reconstruction and governance structures;
  • PROTECTION – Mitigating the impact of armed conflict on women in the form of sexual violence, displacement and other hardships, including through a rights-based approach consistent with international humanitarian and human rights law;
issues addressed 1
Issues addressed (1)

Participation:

  • New constitution based a.o. on CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women)
  • Quota system of 40 % in all public functions
  • Women’s Caucus in the parliament
  • Agency for Gender Equality in the Prime Minister's Office
  • Gender Equality Officers at municipal level
issues addressed 2
Issues addressed (2)

Protection from violence and injustice

  • War rapes: Supportive NGOs and prosecution of suspects
  • Domestic violence: Shelter movement; Victim’s Advocate
  • Human Trafficking: National Action Plan, Training for police and judiciary
  • Inheritance rights for women: Campaigns and Legal Aid
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Conclusions
  • UNSCRs are applied by both government and the women’s movement
  • UNSCRs on Women, Peace and Security are used as instruments for expanding gender equality principles into governance structures
  • UNSCRs on WPS help to address injustices in the patriarchal/gender structure of the society
  • UNSCRs on WPS legitimate the focus on addressing violence against women (war rape, domestic violence)
conclusions continued
Conclusions continued
  • The meaning of ‘security’ is expanded towards the concept of human security (incl. legal security, health security, political security, economic security)
  • Creating, supporting and strengthening women’s alliances is the precondition for effective participation
  • The notion of violence against women seen as a security threat and women’s rights as a security concern allows for new thinking in the governance of war and peace!