As the 2015 Global Study on the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 states, much of the progress toward the implementation of UNSCR 1325 continues to be measured in ‘ firsts,’ rather than as standard practice. Obstacles and challenges still persist and prevent the full implementation of the women and peace and security agenda.
There are now 63 National Action Plans (NAPs) on UNSCR 1325 and more are being drafted. This is a most welcome development as NAPs are meant to be the key instruments by which governments honor their obligations under UNSCR 1325 and the supporting resolutions. However, some of the NAPs have not been effectively implemented. One of the reasons is the lack of ownership and participation by local communities in the development of the NAPs. Local people who are directly affected by violent conflicts, the people who should bene t most from the implementation of the women, peace, and security resolutions, were excluded in the development of NAPs.
Now implemented in 15 countries, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) pioneered the Localization of Resolution 1325 in 2011. rough GNWP’s partnership with WE Act 1325, the Philippines was one of the first countries to adopt Localization as a strategy in implementing the NAP. is has resulted in the development of Local Action Plans on UNSCR 1325 in various local government units in Agusan del Norte; Calbiga, Samar; Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija; Real, Quezon; and Tabuk City.
Congratulations to WE Act 1325 for sharing the experiences, achievements, challenges, and lessons learned from the Localization program in the Philippines. I do hope that this publication will be read by more governors, mayors, councilors, indigenous leaders, women leaders, teachers and other key local actors to inspire them to localize the Philippine NAP in ways that will create positive changes in the lives of our people particularly those who have suffered from violent conflicts.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017