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Women peace and security: Toward a full women inclusion

  • Ruby Kholifah and Pribadi Sutiono

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 31 2020   /  01:00 am
Women of strength: Indonesia’s Lt. Col. Ratih Pusparini (right) and Norway’s Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund (center) attend a session of the United Nations’ Special Committee for Peacekeeping Operations (C-34), in New York, the US, last Wednesday. (Courtesy of Foreign Ministry) (Foreign Affairs Ministry/file)

This year marks the 20th anniversary of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security (WPS). Some achievements have been made since the resolution was adopted, including global recognition of the important role of women in community-based peacebuilding, conflict mediation and reconciliation. However, some still hesitate to acknowledge women in formal roles for conflict resolution. The shortcomings in three areas bar greater support for women’s achievements in this issue: The first is the lack of recognition of female peacebuilders' contributions, the second the cultural bias against female leadership, and the third is the absence of implementing regulations for a national WPS action plan. These three areas were identified at the National Digital Consultation on Reviewing the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security in Indones...