Promoting Female Leadership in Peace and Security
Proposed by Viola Raheb

In 2011 the UN General Assembly resolution on women’s political participation notes, “Women in every part of the world continue to be largely marginalized from the political sphere, often as a result of discriminatory laws, practices, attitudes and gender stereotypes, low levels of education, lack of access to health care and the disproportionate effect of poverty on women.” On the other hand, we notice a slight increase in women’s participation on the political level. In 2014 21.9% of national parliamentarians were female. As of the beginning of 2015, 10 women served as Head of State and 15 served as Head of Government. Also in southern countries especially Africa and Latin America, the number of women´s political participation is increasing.
During the past decades intensive efforts have been made at international and national levels to promote the rights of women as and to strengthen their role in peace and security. In light of the recommendations of the Symposium "Enhancing Women’s Share in Peace and Security", the Core Group for an INWP (International Network Women in Politics) proposes the establishment of an International Network to promoting female leadership in Peace and Security. The network is meant to bring together women leaders and activists from the civil society to support the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 on women, peace and security.
On the occasion of the 1325 - Enhancing Women’s Share in Peace and Security” publication in fall 2015 and the 15th anniversary of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security a Seminar with additional public lecture and/or panel debate should be organised in Vienna as the HQ of the Network.
Suggested topics
• Women and Media in armed conflicts
• Women and displacement
• Women and migration

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