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Resolution 1325: Women, Peace and Security

On 31 October 2000 the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1325 which for the first time ever, acknowledged that women and children account for the vast majority of those adversely affected by armed conflict. The resolution expresses concern that women and children are increasingly targeted by combatants and armed groups and it recognizes the impact this has on durable peace and reconciliation.

A decade on, the international community assesses the impact of Security Council Resolution 1325 © UN PhotoSpeaking at an event held in Geneva to a decade on from the Security Council vote on 1325, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay paid tribute to those who “made such progress possible”. 

Pillay described the inability of victims of sexual violence to exercise their rights to remedy and reparation particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and she spoke of the lead role her Office plays in the area of transitional justice.

The passing of Resolution 1325 and progress achieved since is being examined at many events globally including in West Africa where more than 100 participants are gathering for a Regional Forum co organized by the Human Rights Office.

Read the full text of the High Commissioner’s speech at the Seminar, “Women, Peace and Security: from Resolution to Action. Ten years of Security Council Resolution 1325.”

16 September 2010