Women in armed conflict/women’s role in peace and security

The EU is committed to contribute to the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325 which reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction. It also stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.

High Level Conference on Women, Peace and Security, hosted by the EU in Belgium on 9 September 2010, called for greater accountability and monitoring of respect for women's rights in armed conflicts, notably by the UN Security Council. See also: High Representative / Vice President Catherine Ashton's opening speech and top story 'Women for Peace'.

A previous conference in March 2008 entitled: ‘Women Stabilizing an Insecure World’, had spurred 40 women political leaders to propose to the UN Secretary General that a ministerial level meeting be organised in 2010 – the 10th anniversary of the adoption of resolution 1325 - to reinforce global commitment to its implementation.

The EU is working in substantive terms towards the 10th anniversary of the adoption of resolution 1325 and EU implementation of UN Security Council resolutions 1325 and 1820 on women, peace and security. See also: Comprehensive approach to the EU implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 on women, peace and security