UN-EU collaboration on women and conflict

The UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 (2000), 1820 (2008), 1888 and 1889 (2009) on women, peace and security aim at women’s equal and full participation in conflict prevention and resolution, peace negotiations and peacekeeping (1325 and 1889) and protection of women from sexual violence used as a tactic of war, recognising this as a security issue requiring a security response (1820 and 1888). The UN-EU partnership has supported development of key EU policies including:

  • "EU human rights guidelines on violence against women and girls and all forms of discrimination against them" adopted by the Council in 2008;
  • "Implementation of UNSCR 1325 as reinforced by UNSCR 1820 in the context of ESDP", a key policy document mainstreaming gender into all stages of EU military, police and civilian operations, 2008;
  • "Comprehensive approach to the EU implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 on women, peace and security”, an action framework for the Council and the Commission emphasizing the
  • need for the EU to cooperate with UN entities with regard to women, peace and security related issues.

In support to these policies, the UN-EU partnership undertook four country studies in Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia to analyze the extent to which commitments on women’s security
and peacebuilding needs, as reflected in the Security Council resolutions, are financed in post conflict situations.
Results of the four studies will be available in May 2010.