In March 2010, the United Nations established the Civil Society Advisory Group on Women, Peace, and Security (CSAG) to advise the Secretary-General and the High-Level Steering Committee of UN agencies and entities on ensuring a coherent and coordinated approach to protecting women’s rights during armed conflict and ensuring their full participation in all conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconstruction processes.
In addition to recommending concrete, time-bound and accountaable steps for commemorating the tenth anniversary of UNSC resolution 1325 in October 2010, CSAG is preparing a series of working papers with concrete recommendations for actions on the topics: (a) women’s participation and leadership in the UN and peace processes; (b) civil society involvement in peacebuilding; (c) preventing and responding to sexual violence against women displaced by conflict; (d) advancing National Action Plans, regional action plans, and twinning on women, peace and security; and (e) resourcing women, peace and security. The working paper on preventing and responding to sexual violence is now available online.
The chairperson for this working group, Crisis Group Deputy President Donald Steinberg, would welcome comments and inquiries regarding the analysis and recommendations included therein. He can be contacted at email@example.com.