It has been ten years this month that the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 in which it calls for an increase in the participation of women at decision-making levels in conflict resolution and peace processes.
Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung, the foundation affiliated with the Social Democratic Party (SPD), and the German chapter of Women in International Security (WIIS.de) jointly hosted a workshop and a public event on the issue in Berlin on 5 October 2010.
“Decision-Making in Security and Defence Policy: Men without Women?” included participants from both Europe and the United States working on foreign and security issues. Speakers at the public event moderated by Constanze Stelzenmüller, WIIS.de’s president, included Kathleen Hicks, U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Forces, Stefanie Babst, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Strategy as well as Major Paula D. Broadwell, a defense analyst and a member of the executive board of WIIS in the United States.
A decade on, there is still little knowledge about Resolution 1325 – many believe it is essentially about the protection of women and children in armed combat – and women are only slowly making it into senior positions in security and defense institutions. However, structural impediments are increasingly lifted so trends point toward a greater involvement of women.
In the workshop session that took place prior to the public event, 30 women discussed strategies to strengthen 1325.
IHT’s staff Katrin Bennhold wrote about the conference in a piece published 2 November 2010: “Waging War and Peace With Women.”