Resolution 1325 - Toolkit for Advocacy and Action

6 October 2005

To a large extent, the Toolkit unpacks UN SC Resolution 1325. As you can see from Alexandra's postings, it contains a wealth of information on issues relating to the prevention of conflict and women's role in this as well as themes on the responsibility to protect and how to protect. Additionally the Toolkit contains information on the need to ensure women's participation in peace and security processes. The Toolkit is a one-stop shop which, as a resource can be used by women to inform themselves and others of concepts, processes, procedures and examples. It should be used as a reference tool and can be adapted for many different situations. In Afghanistan, we will be launching a campaign as part of the global 16 days of activism on the elimination of violence against women. Our aim is to link the theme of VAW with the resource of Resolution 1325. From our perspective in Afghanistan, while the entire 3Ps approach - prevention, protection and participation - is good, the two most important aspects for us is the protection of women from violence and their participation in the reconstruction process. With the lack of access to justice and the on-going constraints against women - it is imperative that 1325 is fully utilised to raise awareness, construct a knowledge base and promote positive policy changes. Any means by which this can be done - whether through film, video or other media is useful for the women of Afghanistan.   

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