Call for a hearing at the Security Council of the United Nations
ahead of the 19th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 in October 2019
The Canaan Project aims to inform women from Israel and Palestine about their rights under UNSCR 1325, to educate about relevant women´s and international law and to encourage women to call both governments to return immediately and without preconditions to the negotiations in which women from civil society organisations are fully and equally involved.
- The delegates of the Canaan Project remind the United Nations Security Council kindly of its duty to use UNSCR 1325 as a guiding principle in all bilateral and multilateral peacebuilding measures and to foster its implementation at the national level.
- The delegates would like to thank the USA for the adoption of the WPS Strategy in June 2019 and ask the Security Council to endorse the analysis and goal of Line of Effort 1* by initiating a concrete participation process of government delegations and relevant women's organisations from Israel and Palestine.
UNITED STATES STRATEGY ON WOMEN, PEACE, AND SECURITY (page 6)
In spite of the growing evidence of a direct correlation between the equality and empowerment of women and a nation’s stability, women remain critically under-represented in conflict prevention, conflict-resolution, and post-conflict peace building efforts.The voices and concerns of women affected by violence during conflict — those who will carry much of the burden for healing and rebuilding their communities in peacetime — are routinely absent from, or overlooked at, the negotiating table.
Increase women’s meaningful participation in political, civic, and military processes to prevent and resolve conflicts, prepare for disasters, and set conditions for stability during post conflict and post-crisis efforts.
- Referring to this goal, the delegates of the Canaan Project, Israeli and Palestinian women of different ethnicities, religions, regions and ages ask the United Nations Security Council to call on the Governments of Israel and the Palestinian Territories to hold a bilateral meeting with official and unofficial representatives of Israel and Palestine, including women‘s organisations, within the next three month in order to understand the current obstacles, why the conflict parties are not conducting direct peace negotiations.
- The delegates also ask the United Nations Security Council to call on the governments of Israel and the Palestinian Territories to hold a bilateral meeting in the same period of time with official and unofficial representatives of Israel and Palestine, including women‘s organisations, to develop a strategy, on how a participatory, inclusive, transparent and sustainable peace agreement, based on International law and relevant UN Resolutions can be reached in the short term.
We also ask the United Nations Security Council to call upon the governments of Israel and the Palestinian Territories and all participating states and organizations to involve women from civil society organizations fully and equally in all relevant talks and negotiations related to economic, political, environmental, military and social aspects of a peace agreement from now on.