Addressing Cultural Legacies of Conflict

Since the adoption of United National Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on women, peace and security in October 2000 we have seen different national approaches to developing national action plans (NAP) to implement the resolution. In 2011, the UN stressed in UN General Assembly Resolution 65/283 the importance of including women in mediation as an important cornerstone to achieve sustainable solutions in conflict situations, but serious challenges remain. The development of NAPs has highlighted at international, national and community level the distinct issues concerning women affected by conflict and raised further questions on how to construct a more equal society.

This project sets out to exchange and to analyse lessons learned from the different implementation processes of UNSCR 1325 in a comparative perspective. It aims to bring together the voices and experiences in gendered approaches to conflict resolution from the academic community and key stakeholders including actors from the international sphere and from different levels of society (policy makers and practitioners). It further aims to develop innovative approaches on women, peace and security in academic research and policy-making by moving beyond the process of developing national action plans. It asks how those plans are implemented and what impact they have on building a more equal society and on developing a concept of sustainable conflict resolution.

Through the organisation of one high profile conference, three workshops and an internet discussion forum, this project provides an international platform (physically and virtually) for listening to and learning from the experiences and perceptions of the various 1325 processes.

The research looks at lessons learned from 1325 processes, in particular from the Irish cross-learning model and at the impact of international organisations in promoting UNSCR 1325, e.g. through the Irish OSCE Chairmanship. Bringing in a comparison of three case studies, the project will create an intercultural and inter-dimensional dialogue which allows for different experiences, positioning and voices to be heard.