October 2018 - October 2019
Women´s 1325 Accord
7 steps towards peace
Step 1 Understand UNSCR 1325
Preamble: UN Security Council Resolution 1325 calls on UN Member States to include women in all facets of peace-building. 70 years after the United Nations partition plan, the relations between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority has never been more volatile. Media and social networks have disseminated news and content characterised by aggression, violence and hostility. The voices of progressive and optimistic politicians and activists who have worked tirelessly to develop sensible, just, forward-looking concepts of two viable states, Israel and Palestine, have been subject to critique for being traitors to their respective nationalist interests. It is therefore foreseeable that such attitudes and continued hostility could result in further conflict.
The 1325 Project aims to initiate and begin the path to peace and will explore the following questions:
1.) Why are there so few women in decision-making positions, even though they represent 51% of the population and voters.
2.) Why hate-motivated and violent parties receive such a large amount of support?
“Women to the peace tables” is more than a feminist call for quantitative representation in political, economic, military and scientific decision-making positions. The 1325 Project will involve women who are leaders in their community and have natural leadership traits, however have no access to decision-making roles or political processes. First of all, we must encourage those affected in Israel and Palestine to develop a vision of the society in which they want to live the day after a peace settlement is made. If the goal can be articulated by women, the path to peace can be paved.
Step 2 Political Agenda
The 1325 Accord Project aims to:
a) To prove that women from both Israel and Palestine share a common goal of peace.
b) To support the political forces in Israel and Palestine, which are committed to a bilaterally negotiated peace agreement based on humanist values such as dignity, self-determination, freedom and a life free from violence based on the international law which was adopted to unite all nations (CEDAW; UNSCR 1325, etc.).
c) To create a comprehensive compendium from the proposals, ideas and projects of Israelis and Palestinians on how to create a peaceful future for the next generations through recognition, encounter, friendship and cooperation.
The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the UN Women National Committee have agreed to be sponsors and partners of the first workshop from 28 October to 01 November 2018 in Berlin.
Step 3 International workshops
In 12 international working sessions of three days’ duration, 13 women from civil society organisations in Israel and Palestine will develop strategy for a women’s movement across borders and cultures to persuade Israeli and Palestinian Governments to enter into constructive, public peace negotiations that are characterised by the model of non-violence and the equivalence of the parties.
In addition to the above mentioned strategy, the participants will develop a narrative which will encourage the dissolution of previous conflict-hardening myths in both Israel and Palestine, and thus combat the negative and violent media being disseminated. Finally, questionnaires will be developed for an Internet campaign to encourage women in Israel and Palestine to formulate their vision of a life of peace, freedom and security.
Step 4 1325 in Israel & Palestine
Experts from civil society women’s organisations have been active for many years in both Israel and Palestine in raising public awareness of women’s rights under international agreements. These educational and participation workshops are to be expanded. To this end, an alliance of international donors and local trainers will be established.
The promotion of women in conflict areas has been reflected in the development of National Action Plans and Guidelines in over 40 countries. Preliminary discussions have already been held with 12 diplomats as to whether resources will be made available to promote this programme.
Step 5 Involving Media
It is a point of general consensus that the media plays a decisive role as conflict intensifiers or in de-escalation of conflict. The continuous integration of relevant media in Israel and Palestine is taken into account. The Project will aim to address the root causes of violence by disseminating positive messages through social networks.
Step 6 Changing political climate
The parties and parliamentarians in both Israel and Palestine will receive the collected proposals developed as part of the Project, coupled with a request by Project participants to be part of negotiating tables before the end of a year and to include women from civil society on an equal footing in all phases of negotiations and implementation.
Step 7 Implementation of UNSCR 1325
Akin to Step 2, the implementation of peace-building programmes requires substantial financial resources and support from associated governments. The entire 1325 Project builds on the far-sighted willingness of the actors involved to compromise and cooperate. The “international community” will play a special role if active cooperation in a diplomatic solution puts an end to the downward spiral of hopelessness and enables the pacifist visionaries from Israel and Palestine to participate in the development of a regional peace process. There are already numerous proposals on how concrete projects in the field, eco-tourism, cultivation of medicinal plants, organic plastic substitutes, organic farming, renewable energies, etc. can contribute to the economic and social growth of the region. What is needed now is a social force that will enable the transformation from war to peace.