Civil society sensitized to Resolution 1325 on the participation of women in conflict resolution

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Kinshasa, October 5th, 2022 (CPA).- Some civil society organizations are taking part from October 4th  to 6th  in Kinshasa, in a training and awareness workshop on Resolution 1325, on the representation of women in the processes conflict resolution.

The initiator of this workshop, Annie Matundu Mbambi, President of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)/DRC, stressed the need for women to be aware of the said resolution, which aims to increase the representation of women at all levels of decision-making, in the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts, and to end impunity for sexual crimes, including sexual violence and other gender-based violence.

She encouraged her peers to embark on raising awareness and popularizing this resolution, at the end of this three-day session, through which these structures will strengthen their capacities on the issue, but also to form a « pool of allies » supposed to take resolution 1325 into account in their actions in the DRC.

« The DRC is among the 18 countries in the world out of the 196 that have adopted Resolution 1325 and are implementing it, » she said.

Adopted in 2000, Resolution 1325 will celebrate its 20th anniversary on October 31st. For this occasion, Annie Matundu Mbambi says she has written a Glossary of the terms of the said United Nations Security Council Resolution and its related resolutions of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.The DRC, she recalled, is the 3rd country to have a Practical Guide for the integration of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 into the country’s local development plans.