Women, Peace and Security


Women can't wait! Marking 20 years of learning and practice on women, peace and security

Women in Northern Ireland have a long history of peace building, but that role has not necessarily been recognised. In October 2000, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 was a landmark achievement, as it formally recognised for the first time the crucial role women play in sustainable peace building. Since then, UNSCR 1325 has made it possible to keep a spotlight on gender in peace building and underpinned a global women, peace and security agenda. In Northern Ireland, UNSCR 1325 has helped highlight women's role in public life and women's perspective on peace building, although much more remains to be done.

The Women Can't Wait! virtual event in October 2020 celebrated women in peace building in Northern Ireland, to mark the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325. The event aimed to take a look back on the experiences of women in Northern Ireland on peacebuilding, and a look forward on how UNSCR 1325 can play a part in building a future, locally as well as globally. Speaker contributions painted a picture of limited progress and difficult circumstances, but also highlighted that there is an opportunity to create change. Key messages highlighted the importance of empowering women across all areas of life, ensuring women are fully engaged in decision making, funding women's organisations adequately and solidarity and multilateralism at the global level. 

This event was organised in partnership with the Northern Ireland All Party Group on UNSCR 1325, Women, Peace and Security

Speaker contributions are now available. The panel discussion will be made available shortly. 



Keynote address 
HE Mrs Mary Robinson, Adjunct Professor of Climate Justice, Trinity College Dublin; Chair of The Elders; Former President of Ireland


UNSCR 1325 in Northern Ireland and beyond: sharing learning
Bronagh Hinds, Senior Associate, DemocraShe


Women, peace and sustainable development: the next big goal
Sarah Douglas, Deputy Director of Peace and Security, UN Women


Panel discussion and panel contribution by Emma Johnston 


Chair: Elizabeth Law, Chair of NIWEP
Panellists:  Anne Carr, Community Dialogue/WINI; Emma Johnston, YouthAction; Karen Sweeney, Women's Support Network; Eileen Weir, Shankill Women’s Centre


All Party Group on UNSCR 1325, Women, Peace and Security

NIWEP provides the secretariat for the Northern Ireland Assembly All Party Group on UNSCR 1325, Women, Peace and Security. The purpose of the APG is to raise awareness of the lack of participation of women in political and public life in areas outlined in UNSCR 1325 and it has cross party membership. 

In 2014, the APG in collaboration with the Westminster All Party Political Group (APPG) on Women, Peace and Security undertook an Inquiry into the implementation of the principles of UNSCR 1325 in Northern Ireland. NIWEP supported the administration of the Inquiry and published the final report, which highlighted a wide ranging series of recommendations for action, and contributed to raising awareness of the issues. A toolkit on addressing the issues was subsequently produced by the women's sector in Northern Ireland.