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On the 20th Anniversary of the Adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace and Security

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The Resolution 1325 was unanimously adopted on 31 October 2000 as the very first UN Security Council resolution specifically focused on the influence of military conflicts on women. The resolution aimed to empower women in their role and participation in peacekeeping processes and post-conflict reconstruction.


“The Slovak Republic is an active participant in solving and preventing conflicts in the world, whether through the members of the Slovak Armed Forces, the Police Corps, experts and diplomats, or through projects of Slovak humanitarian assistance and development assistance in the countries stricken by military conflicts.  There is no doubt that women play an important role in peacekeeping processes. Therefore, I’m pleased that the Government of the Slovak Republic adopted the National Action Plan for the implementation of this important resolution a month ago,” stated the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan KorĨok.


The core objective of this resolution is to increase the participation of women in the decision-making processes related to the prevention of conflict, conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction, as well as to prevent the violation of their rights with the focus on the prevention of sexual violence.


The tasks ensuing from the resolution are relevant not only for the countries in which the armed conflicts happen, but also for all the UN member states including Slovakia. The National Action Plan to carry out the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security for 2021 – 2025, which was adopted by the Government of the Slovak Republic on 30 September 2020, is based on four pillars: prevention, participation, protection and post-conflict reconstruction.


Even after 20 years many tasks remain to be done to attain the full implementation of the resolution. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of the international community, women and girls in armed conflicts remain significantly affected by their impact. Therefore, it is necessary to continue to promote their protection in all the relevant areas and policies, at both the national and the international level.