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Strengthening the role of Iraqi women: EUAM Iraq and NATO host first joint event on UNSCR 1325 in Baghdad

02/09/2019 - 18:27
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Women are not only victims of conflict, they also play an important role in peacebuilding. International partners support the Iraqi authorities in their quest to strengthen the role of women in a society recovering from armed conflict.

EUAM Iraq and NATO host first joint event on UNSCR 1325 in Baghdad


UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security established a common understanding that women experience conflict differently than men, and therefore must be included in resolving conflict and designing the future. The Resolution outlines measures so that all citizens contribute to peace, as fully contributing members to society.

Iraq was the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to develop a National Action Plan for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

International partners such as the European Union and NATO support the Iraqi government in its efforts to strengthen the role and influence of 50 % of the population in this country recovering from devastating armed conflict.

As part of this joint effort, EUAM Iraq and the NATO Mission in Iraq (NMI) hosted a first event that brought together the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Defence in Baghdad to take stock of the efforts in relation to the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The cooperation between the Iraqi governmental actors, international partners and civil society was also assessed and a way forward planned.

"It is useful to know how everybody can work together within a united circle and to intensify the efforts in order to achieve an inclusive security concept", said the keynote speaker of the event Mrs. Suzan Aref, Coordinator of Iraq's Cross Sector Task Force on UNSCR 1325. "Women’s role in peacebuilding is crucial and women should be engaged in all sectors of society."

EUAM Iraq, a civilian CSDP Mission, and NATO Mission Iraq will continue the dialogue with the Iraqi counterparts on the implementation of the UN resolution.

Established in October 2017, the EU Advisory Mission in Iraq has established itself, through expert advice and effective coordination, as a credible contributor to Iraq’s efforts to reform the country’s civilian security sector. The importance of the Mission’s work was underscored by the EU Member States' decision in October 2018 to not only extend its mandate but also double its staff to 98 persons.