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Statement: Pacific Regional Network on UN Security Council Resolution 1325


Nadi, Fiji Islands

Friday 06 August 2010


As Pacific Forum Leaders affirm a commitment to the establishment of a Reference Group on Sexual and Gender based Violence, members of the Pacific Regional Network on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 – Leitana Nehan Women’s Development Agency, Ma’afafine Moe Famili Inc, Vois Blong Mere Solomons and femLINKPACIFIC, reiterate our call for the high level development and adoption of a Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security particularly to ensure the integration of gender equality (and the advancement of women) in all deliberations, policies and programmes relating to regional peace and security.

We believe that:

It is critical to strengthen and sustain regional and domestic efforts by women’s civil society networks working on peace and security and working to further advance the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325;


In the lead up to national, regional and global efforts to commemorate the 10th anniversary of this ground breaking resolution, there is a critical need to enhance and institutionalise the formal recognition of the efforts of Pacific Peacewomen who have indeed paved the way in the resolution's implementation - from literal translations to the translation of the resolution in practical ways;

UNSCR 1325 is a guiding tool for enhancing women's participation and also enhancing regional efforts for prevention perspectives as well - linked closely to the current regional commitments to human security, human development and human rights.



We reiterate our call for the development of a Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security through a   
Regional high-level Multi-Stakeholder Conference. We believe that this would provide a broad framework to assist Pacific Governments to develop relevant national programme and strategies on women, peace and security and ways to accelerate implementation of UNSCR1325 and 1820.

We also call for an annual high level Interactive Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security which provides an opportunity for officials and Leaders to hear directly from Pacific Peacewomen, who are also leading conflict prevention and security activists.


We further call for systematic reporting in official processes on the integration of gender equality in national and regional security processes, which we believe will enable key Pacific Peacewomen to provide regular updates on the national women, peace and security context and priorities, lessons learned and good practices from interventions and implementation of UNSCR 1325 and 1820.


We look forward to working in solidarity and partnership with civil society peace and security experts including the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict Pacific network, to advance our collective efforts for:

  • enhanced participation of women in decision making including in matters relating to Security Sector Governance 
  • effective and regular gender inclusive assessment and analysis for conflict prevention particularly through a human security lens
  • ensuring the protection of women at all times
  • ensuring that peacekeeping and peace support operations, as well as dialogue and mediation efforts are informed by women’s peace and security expertise and experience 


Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, Executive Director – femLINKPACIFIC (Fiji)

Helen Hakena, Executive Director – Leitana Nehan Women’s Development Agency (Bougainville, PNG)

Josephine Teakeni, Executive Director, Vois Blong Mere Solomons

Betty Blake, Ma’afafine Moe Famili Inc (Tonga)


Since 2007, with assistance from AUSAID, femLINKPACIFIC has convened the Regional Women’s Community Media Network as well as the “Peace Talks” project in an effort to build solidarity and collaboration with Peacewomen in Fiji, Bougainville (PNG), Solomon Islands and Tonga, advocating implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security), within in national and regional policy spheres, but also through a Women, Peace and Human Security Framework which stems from women in local communities, because we believe that the inclusion of their expertise and experiences will help to ensure, to build and to strengthen policies which create sustainable peace and development in their communities and in our nation. A lasting peace cannot be achieved without the participation of women, especially grassroots women’s groups and networks.




Background: On 31st October 2000, the UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 1325 (S/RES/1325). It was the first resolution ever passed by the Security Council that specifically addresses the impact of war on women, and women's contributions to conflict prevention and sustainable peace. The focus of the resolution is on three pillars:

Participation – the important role of women in prevention and resolution of conflict and in peace-building and post-conflict recovery and the need to increase their role in decision-making.

Peacekeeping – the urgent need to mainstream a gender perspective into peacekeeping operations (PKOs) and provide specialised training to military, police and civilians as part of PKOs on the protection and human rights needs of women and children in conflict situations;

Protection - women and children, account for the vast majority of those adversely affected by armed conflict, including high level of sexual violence. This has a consequent impact on durable peace and reconciliation.

In the Pacific, in 2004 at the 9th Triennial Conference on Pacific Women, Pacific ministers, government officials and CSO representatives recognised peace and security as critical issues and added it to the Pacific Platform of Action on the Advancement of Women and Gender Equality 2005 – 2015.

In June 2006, PIFS hosted the Gender, Conflict, Peace and Security Regional Workshop, which preceded the FRSC. The conference expressed the need to support women’s participation in all aspects of conflict prevention, peace negotiations and post-conflict recovery in the region.  In 2007 a series of regional consultations on human security including with women’s groups and CSOs informed the formulation of a human security framework for the Pacific. 

Between 2006 and 2009, the FRSC has been informed by civil society and PIFS has sought endorsement for the broadening of the concept of security in regional policy-making; on the important role of women in conflict prevention and peace building and on recognising sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) as a security threat.

At last year’s Pacific Islands Forum Meeting in Cairns Leaders reaffirmed support for ongoing action at the highest level to raise awareness on SGBV and to establish it firmly on the political agenda of Forum members.

In 2009, the UN Security Council building on Resolution 1325 approved Resolution 1820, which demanded the immediate and complete cessation by all parties to armed conflict of all acts of sexual violence against civilians. It also reaffirmed the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and stressed the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.

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