Secretary General Michael Linhart: "Strengthen the role of women in peace and security"

15-year anniversary of the UN-Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

Vienna, 13 October 2015 - “Gender equality and the active participation of women are the key to peace and security in the world. Sustainable peace must involve society as a whole”, says the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ Secretary General Dr. Michael Linhart on the occasion of 15 years Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. “The last years have shown to us, how women are not only significantly affected by violence and armed conflicts, but that they also play a key role in the promotion of peace and stability. Their active participation makes humanitarian aid more effective, improves the protection through peacekeeping operations and has a positive effect on the conclusion and sustainability of peace agreements as well as on economic reconstruction efforts. Nevertheless women are often barred from access to important peace processes. Austria will also in future continue her commitment towards strengthening the role of women for peace and security”, said Linhart.

15 years ago the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 (2000), which for the first time recognised the role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, in peace negotiations, peace consolidation, humanitarian aid and reconstruction efforts and underlined the necessity of an equal opportunity and comprehensive involvement of women in all efforts towards upholding and promoting peace and security. Apart from that, the Security Council also made the fight against sexual and gender specific violence during armed conflicts one of its top priorities.

On the occasion of this 15th anniversary, the UN-Security Council takes stock of the implementation of the agenda on women, peace and security up to now. In cooperation with other UN Member States, Austria will pledge her support to strengthening the role of women for peace and security in the Security Council. Austria will, among others, make herself strong for an improved implementation of the resolution in all regional organisations. 15% of the Austrian Development Cooperation’s’ (ADC) budget for peace building are reserved for the strengthening of the role of women and gender equality and about € 1m ADC funds will flow into cooperation with women-civil society organisations.

Austria was among the first UN-Member States to adopt a National Action Plan on the implementation of Resolution 1325 on 8 August 2007, which provides for measures on national, regional and international levels. The Action Plan aims at promoting the inclusion of women into peace processes, the strengthening of preventive measures against violence against women, the increased participation of women in Austrian peace missions, as well as the stand for more women in leadership positions in international organisations like the UN or the EU.