August 1 2001:


Initiatives and Activities of Women Worldwide

By Anne S. Walker, Kirsten Isgro and Felicity Hill



UN Security Council Resolution 1325 Revisited and Assessed

Adopted October 2000, SC Res. 1325 recognizes for the first time the important role women play in peace-building and the prevention, resolution, and management of conflicts.

In the wake of this ground-breaking resolution, the UN Division for the Advancement of Women (UN/DAW) and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) are undertaking studies that look at many of the factors
surrounding the impact of armed conflict on women and girls.

Progress of the World's Women 2002, UNIFEM's flagship biennial report, will focus on the issue of women, peace and security. In addition to developing indicators to measure progress for women affected by conflict, the publication will demonstrate that it is "impossible to talk about effective humanitarian responses or inclusive peace processes without taking gender into account." The report is scheduled for release in September 2002.

For more information on this report, visit the UNIFEM web-site at: See also UNIFEM's Engendering Governance and Leadership: Women, Peace and Security at:

Look for more information on the UN/DAW report in an upcoming Women's GlobalNet bulletin.

For other details about Security Council Resolution 1325 see IWTC Women's GlobalNet #157 and #159 at

Gender Perspectives on Peace and Disarmament: Selected Resources

(1) Building a Women's Peace Agenda. Based on discussions at the May 1999 Hague Appeal for Peace Conference, this pocket-sized booklet contains articles, reports and presentations on such topics as Women and Peace: What's the Connection? Women and Peace-building; Women and Armed Conflict; and Women's Decision-Making and Human Rights.

For a FREE COPY of the report, contact: Hague Appeal for Peace, c/o IWTC, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017, USA. Tel: (1-212) 687-2623. E-mail: Web-site:

(2) Women Building Peace Campaign: From the Village Council to the Negotiating Table. Since its inception in May 1999, this global campaign has facilitated the development of a network of women and women's organizations engaged in activities centered on the issue of women and armed conflict. Contact: 1 Glyn Street, London, SE11 5HT. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7793 8383, Fax: +44 (0) 20 7793 7975, E-mail: gendercampaign@international-alert.

Websites: and

(3) Women's International War Crimes Tribunal: Celebrating the Breaking of Silence About Violence Against Women in War and Armed Conflict, Tokyo, Japan. First aired In December 2000 by the Feminist International Radio Endeavor (FIRE), Costa Rica.

To read about the programme, see:

(4) "Gender Perspectives on Disarmament: Briefing Notes" published by the UN Department for Disarmament Affairs in collaboration with the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the UN Division for the Advancement of Women. This packet, containing 6 briefing notes, provides information on the importance of increased gender mainstreaming on disarmament questions.

For more information, visit:

(5) The Devastating Impact of Small Arms and Light Weapons on the Lives of Women: A Collection of Testimonies. Produced by the IANSA Women's Caucus. Contact: Box 422, London, WC1E7BS, United Kingdom.

E-mail: or

(6) In the Line of Fire: A Gender Perspective on Small Arms Proliferation, Peace Building and Conflict Resolution. Women's international League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), from the WILPF International Women's Day 2001 seminar.

For a copy, contact the WILPF office at the UN at: WILPF, 6th Floor, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017, USA. Tel: (1-212) 286-8211. E-mail: or the WILPF International Office at: Tel: (41-22) 919. Fax: (41-22) 919-7081. E-mail:


A new web-site dedicated to the activities of women peace activists will be launched in September 2001 at :

(7) Raising Women's Voices for Peace-building: Vision, Impact, and Limitations of Media Technologies, by International Alert (IA). This book explores how women have used communication technologies in their quest for peace. It documents the experience of IA in utilizing media technologies and provides a rich analytical framework to understand the challenges faced.

Available through Women, Ink., 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017. Tel: Mary Wong at (1-212) 687-8633 ext. 210. Fax: (1-212) 661-2704. E-mail: Web-site:

(8) Women at the Peace Table: Making a Difference, by UNIFEM. This publication highlights the strategies that women have employed to make a positive impact on peace negotiations in different parts of the world.

To order a copy, contact:

Women, Ink. has a number of other books related to Women, Armed Conflict and the Peace Process and these can be found on the Women, Ink. web-site at:

See also BookLink #18 on Women and Disarmament. Past copies of BookLink can be found at:

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