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Promoting Resolution 1325

5 October 2005
I have seen what Sochua has to say on this and I totally agree. I am shocked to find that after 5 years of the of existence of this seminal resolution and really important tool for women, I still have UN officials telling me that they do not know it and asking me what it is. We need a concerted effort to ensure that this resolution is fully on the agenda. I mean a really big splash. Here in Afghanistan sme local organisations have heard about it - especially as I did a training here in Kabul last year. One of the really big issues here is the widespread violence of different types against women and girls. I am just beginning to understand how traumatised the entire society is and that this aspect is lacking in the Resolution., Nevertheless, it is the first such tool for women and if used in conjunction with other international instruments such as CEDAW, the ICPR and others, women can move mountains. The fact that so many women took part in the recent Afghan elections despite intimidation and threats is a testament to their fortitude. Soem of them received training on how to utilise the resolution but many others did not. I am looking forward to the post-election agenda and publicising 1325.

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