Peacemaking needs women
Enlarge image Women in Libya (© dpa/picture-alliance) Women tend to be the first victims of conflict
Women play a special role in conflict prevention and peacekeeping; that’s why the United Nations Security Council has long been calling for them to be more involved in peace processes. This is the aim of the German Government’s action plan adopted by the Cabinet on 19 December.
From the start Germany was a strong supporter of the goals of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, adopted in 2000, which calls for the participation of women in crisis prevention, conflict management and post-conflict peacebuilding and for women to be protected from gender-based violence and in particular sexual abuse in situations of armed conflict. Notably during its membership of the Security Council in 2011 and 2012 Germany campaigned hard for the worldwide implementation of the resolution.
The national action plan gives a sharper focus to Germany’s various activities in this area. It incorporates suggestions put forward by the Bundestag as well as by non‑governmental organizations and the research community. In drawing up the action plan, the German Government has responded to a recommendation of the UN Secretary-General.
The German Government’s commitment to strengthening the role of women in peacekeeping and conflict prevention has taken various forms to date, including training for German civilian and military personnel serving with UN‑led or UN‑mandated peace missions. It has also supported measures to involve women in efforts to resolve particular conflicts. In addition, the German Government supports UN schemes designed to promote the participation of women in peace processes and their protection in situations of armed conflict.