Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 03/2011

Ten Years of Women, Peace and Security: Gaps and Challenges in Implementing Resolution 1325

Swen Dornig, Nils Goede

July 2010

Institute for Development and Peace


On 31 October 2000 the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1325. For the first time in the history of the UN the Council recognized the disproportionate impact of armed conflicts on women and girls and further emphasized the decisive role of women in preventing conflicts and consolidating peace. At the time of its adoption, resolution 1325 was recognized as a major breakthrough for greater gender equality in the area of peace and security and the acceptance of women as active agents in conflict management. Ten years after the adoption of resolution 1325 we assess the impact and implementation of the women, peace and security agenda and provide recommendations for bringing the agenda from rhetoric to practice.