1.   Include in the mediator’s mandate the implementation of UNSCR 1325. Make the engagement of  women and civil society a key criterion for selection.

2.   Reference and demonstrate privately and publicly your institution’s commitment to the UNGA Resolution on Peaceful Mediation of Disputes and the UNSCR 1325 agenda.

3.   Commit to gender parity and expertise in your team (30% minimum quota for women in negotiating teams/delegations); seek out women peacebuilders for their expertise.

4.   Share multiple inclusivity models/methods with all stakeholders and mediators and explain why they matter. Do not rely on one method.

5.   Invite women peacebuilders to speak and participate in international preparatory, strategy, or implementation meetings/summits. Provide updates, support, and time for women to prepare.

6.   Call for the inclusion of women peacebuilders as signatories to peace agreements – point to precedents in Liberia, Somalia, Northern Ireland.

7.   Verify that gender sensitivity is included in the terms of reference of transition or implementation bodies; ensure quotas or other measures are in place for the effective inclusion of women.

8.   Set up or host regular meetings for women peacebuilders with international missions, diplomatic teams, and envoys, including during the pre-talks and implementation phases.

9.   Establish national thematic working groups to contribute towards the implementation of agreements; include a ‘1325’ group to monitor and ensure gender sensitivity, and assign members of the ‘1325’ group to other thematic groups, as in Nepal in 2007.

10. Mitigate the risk of spoilers by sustaining and funding pro-peace women’s groups to keep the focus on implementation and warn against negative developments after an agreement has been signed.

 

 

Important to note:

  • If inviting elders such as religious or clan leaders to Track I or II talks, consult women peacebuilders about which leaders are credible, respected, and uphold human rights and equality values.
  • Even if the scope for broadening participation in formal talks is limited, engage with women peacebuilders on a systematic, constant, and regular basis throughout the process.
  • The humanitarian, security, and political costs of exclusive processes, which are more prone to failure, make inclusivity a common sense condition of political and financial support.
  • All UN Security Council country visits should include meetings with civil society organizations and women peacebuilders to hear their views.
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