UN Resolution 1325

4 October 2005

the problem with Resolution 1325 is that very few women NGOs and networks are aware and let alone the government and UN agencies themselves.

It is not enough to have a resolution passed unless there is a global campaign andmechanisms and means to spread the words and put into action what has been adopted.

our sisters in Africa, South America and eveywhere else where conflicts have eaten up most of the nations' resources and left the communities in pools of blood and violence, are talking and sharing and crying for the same thing: action to stop violence.

Using 1325 requires a great level of political campaign and lobby if our sisters lives are going to be changed and our sisters are seated at the same table as the heavy weight men who are usually the first ones to be "qualified" to negotiate for peace. What kind of peace? And what after the negotiations?

Cambodia has been on its road to reconstruction for the past 15 years aafter 3 years of genocide, 20 years of conflicts and what do we have tofay? Land lessness of remote villagers, ancestral land and forests taken away in the name of development.

this is just the begining of our conversation and let's make this work by not caling another conference but rather an exchange of experience at the field level.

from Cambodia

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