Your signature can help women in conflict countries. Sign our petition (see below) and forward to others. Tell the UK Government to make 1325 its New Year’s Resolution and put women in conflict at the top of its foreign policy agenda!
For the past 10 years I have been a member of GAPS-UK (Gender Action for Peace and Security) - an expert working group of peace and development NGOs, consultants, academics and grassroots peace builders. Building on UNSCR 1325, GAPS promotes inclusion of gender perspectives in all aspects of UK policy and practice on peace and security.
Download the GAPS petition sheet (see below) or contact GAPS on firstname.lastname@example.org for hard copies and help us collect signatures. We will present the signatures to the UK Government’s new Minister for tackling International Violence Against Women in late January.
Dear Lynne Featherstone,
Make 1325 Your New Year’s Resolution
Welcome to your new post as Minster for tackling International Violence Against Women!
10 years ago the groundbreaking UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security was passed; yet millions of women are still wa iting to feel its impact.
Women are a prime target in conflict; sexual violence is used as a weapon. However, when it comes to negotiating and building peace, women are excluded. Women’s participation is key to reducing violence and inequality, building stable societies and meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
We believe with the necessary resources and authority your appointment presents a major opportunity to make real progress for women affected by conflict. UNSCR 1325 is an important tool for involving women in shaping peace; now to have impact it must be properly implemented.
We ask you to put women, peace and security at the centre of your work and make 1325 your New Year’s resolution.
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Please return this completed petition to No women no peace. by 17 January. C/o Women for Women International, 32 - 36 Loman St, SE1 0EH