2004 Women PeaceMakers Conference -
"Promoting Women's Equal Participation in Peace and Security Processes"
November 18-20, 2004
Operationalizing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
• United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
• Canadian Committee on Women, Peace and Security
• Boston Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights
Launch of Inclusive Security, Sustainable Peace: A Toolkit for Advocacy and Action, created by International Alert and Women Waging Peace
The conference intentionally brought together scholars, practitioners, political-influentials, nongovernmental organizations and grassroots leaders working with the United Nations, national governments and international humanitarian agencies. Delegates representing 32 countries demonstrated personal or organizational experience and research, and a commitment to return home to continue to contribute to a collective effort to engage women in peace processes throughout the world.
The first series of working sessions included:
- Early Warnings/Conflict Prevention; Gender Issues in Peace Support Operations (PSO)
- Child Soldiers
- Reconciliation, Reintegration and Rehabilitation
- Protection of IDPs and Refugees, Including Widows
- Post-Conflict Elections
- Engendered Transitional Justice Mechanisms
Additional sessions for the second day were shaped by the delegate's requests. These working sessions covered:
- Creating a Rapid Response Unit
- Developing National and Regional Strategies for Implementation of 1325
- Strategies for Addressing the Gap Between the "End" of Disarmament and Demobilization and the Beginning of Reconstruction
- Continuation of Gender Issues in PSO: How to Insure that PSOs Work Closely with Women and Women's Organizations from the Conflict Area
- Bringing Women into Peace Negotiations and Linking Formal and Informal Peace Processes
- Using Media as an Agent for Change/Media Advocacy