United Nations Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace and Security
UNSCR 1325 is a landmark international legal framework that addresses the pivotal role women should and do play in conflict management, conflict resolution and sustainable peace.
1325 NATO Scorecard
The 1325 NATO Scorecard is intended as an educational tool focusing on how best to increase implementation of UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, and how to learn from the experiences of others. The contextualization of indicator results is key in this regard – it will assist policymakers in identifying shortfalls in existing NAPs and allow the elimination of NAP programs that are duplicative and/or ineffective and therefore lead to unnecessary costs. In addition, the 1325 NATO Scorecard facilitates standardization by NATO member and partner nations in training, implementation monitoring, and evaluation of UNSCR 1325 in the context of NATO-led missions and operations.
The 1325 Scorecard project was supported by a grant from the NATO Science for Peace Program (SPS) and is carried out by Women In International Security (WIIS) and the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP). As part of this project, three workshops were organized to bring together academics, policy makers, and experts from military and civilian administrations. The first workshop was held in Belgrade in May 2014. It gathered basic information and exchanged best practices and lessons learned with respect to UNSCR 1325 implementation in NATO member and partner nations. The second workshop was held in September 2014 in Washington, DC. It contrasted and compared existing evaluation mechanisms and indicators and focused on the development of the Scorecard methodology. The third workshop was held in Brussels in 2015 where the 1325 NATO Scorecard was presented to a broad public.
Learn more about the Scorecard project, and read the national scorecards here
Each year on March 8, International Women’s Day is recognised around the world, to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. International Women's Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day on 8 March.
Yet progress has slowed in many places across the world, so global action is needed to accelerate gender parity. In 2016 leaders across the world pledged to take action as champions of gender parity - not only for International Women's Day, but for every day. Groups and individuals also pledged their support.
You can find information from the UN on International Women’s Day here.
The International Women’s Day Campaign aims to centralise celebrations and events around the world around annual themes.
Each year, WIIS-Canada co-sponsors events around the country for International Women’s Day. Keep an eye out on our Events page.
In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170, declaring October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
It’s a day to emphasize, examine, and enact action to advance equal rights and opportunities for girls worldwide. Gender-based discrimination is one of the most ubiquitous forms of discrimination that children face.
It is important to engage boys and men along the path towards more gender-equal societies. The Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women are the main underpinnings of UNICEF’s mandate and mission.
The UN has called upon global actors (governments, UN agencies, civil society, and public and private institutions) to reassert their commitment to end the violence against adolescent girls, and to promote their empowerment by:
- Investing in adolescent girls to equip them with skills, confidence, and life options
- Making infrastructure, services, and technology accessible to girls and effective in meeting their needs for safety, connectivity and agency
- Facilitating engagement in civic, economic and political life
- Continuing to advocate for making violence against girls and women visible and unacceptable both in private and public domains
Read more at: http://dayofthegirl.org/
Gender Based Violence
Join us for the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. WIIS-Canada spearheads the national campaign for the international initiative.
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Special Rapporteur for Violence Against Women
In 2014, we mark the 25th anniversary of the devastating murders of the Montreal Massacre which occurred on December 6th, 1989. On this day of mourning, we pay tribute to those 14 women murdered at the École Polytechnique, in this targeted act of gender-based violence.
It is important that we recognize this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada, to unite in the fight to end gender-based violence in our country and around the world.
In Ottawa, a vigil is held annually on December 6th at the Ottawa Women’s Monument in Minto Park to honour the women who lost their lives due to acts of violence against women.
This day is internationally recognized as a day of remembrance and mourning. All will be welcomed to join the movement by raising awareness, attending the vigil, and standing in solidarity with others in the movement, to show intolerance to violence against women.
Shine the Light
In Ottawa, Shine the Light (STL) is a campaign of the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) that aims to bring community awareness to violence against women and girls by turning the city purple.
Shine the Light is about engaging people in breaking the silence on violence against women. It encourages community members to build their awareness, and speak out against violence against women.
It is an initiative that first began in London, Ontario and is going into its third year in Ottawa. The Ottawa campaign engages with local businesses, the police, and the City on Elgin Street to showcase the colour purple through light bulbs, posters, ribbons and window decals.
The campaign occurs in November, which is “Women Abuse Prevention Month” in Ontario.
November 25th marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.
Shine the Light begins on November 25th and concludes on December 6th to coincide with the Vigil at the Women’s Monument in Minto Park, organized by the Women's Event Network.