October 2010 marks ten years since the passage of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The landmark resolution calls for international security institutions to address the different impacts of conflict on women and men, and to engage women fully in conflict resolution, peackeeping and peacebuilding. This will be a year of commemorations of this historic achievement as well as assessments of the effectiveness of implementation to date.
The theme for this anniversary year is Women Count for Peace. This theme is congruent with UNIFEM’s work leading to the development of indicators on resolution 1325 to improve the ways in which we track and count the impact of conflict on women and their efforts to build peace; UNIFEM’s contributions to the UN Secretary-General’s report on women’s participation in peacebuilding; and UNIFEM’s efforts worldwide to amplify the voices and concerns of women in conflict contexts, so that they can stand up and be counted for peace.
To quote UNIFEM Executive Director Inés Alberdi’s speech to the Security Council in October 2009:
It is time for us all to count the numbers of women at the peace table, the numbers of women raped in war, the numbers of internally displaced women who never recover their property, the numbers of women human rights defenders killed for speaking out. All of this counts, and we are counting.