Fight for Humanity, jointly with Berghof Foundation started in July a participatory research project, examining the role that armed and political movements can play to implement the United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 1325 (SCR 1325) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). This UN resolution, adopted by 192 States in 2000, aims to improve the protection of women and girls during armed conflict and to promote women’s participation in decision-making, peace processes and other mediation efforts.
This project’s aim is to help bridge a remaining gap, by focusing on armed and political movements as “duty bearers” and potential implementers of the WPS agenda. It will build on the experiences of two Ethnic Armed Organizations from Myanmar to understand the drivers of change and tactics for a better protection of women during armed conflict and their increased participation in peacebuilding efforts.
Between 60 and 80 million persons are estimated to live in areas controlled by non-state armed actors or armed and political movements, 50% of whom are women and girls. To fully implement SCR 1325, it is vital to look beyond national governments and increase the understanding on how armed and political movements can promote and abide by the protection and participation pillars of SCR 1325.
The main research findings will be disseminated to policy makers and local organizations through events, a video, and a policy brief. This project comes as a follow up of a webinar organized jointly with the Berghof Foundation in 2020 "Women's rights in times of conflict: Perspectives from women from armed and political movements".