Here in Afghanistan, we are awaiting news of exactly who will be in the new Parliament and how many women. Of course the issue of credibility will arise but for now Afghan women are happy to be able to contribute in some way to the reconstruction of their country.
While there have been many activities on this 5th anniversary of UN SC Resolution 1325 in New York, elsewhere things have been happening too. Some of the bloggers here participated in the UN FPA conference on Resolution 1325 and Violence Against Women that was held in Romania earlier this month. The discussions were extremely rich with the need to move past ad- hocery and apathy to concrete and effective action being highlighted.
Clearly, there is a multitude of tools to address the issues highlighted in 1325 but despite significant gains, the lack of cooperation, coordination and clarity continues to affect the credibility of the international community.
Why is it that more than 20 years after the world conferences, women are still crying out for an end to impunity?
How is it that we can sit and listen year, after year to stories of rape and systematic rape without any redress for women?
When will we be able to look an abused woman or girl in the face and say - okay we have heard you and this is your compensation?
Furthermore, should we have to say that? Would it not be great to hear positive stories from women of how well they have been treated in conflict and post-conflict situations?
Now that would be an excellent way to celebrate the practical implementation of UN SC Resolution 1325.