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.