After years of persistent advocacy by civil society organizations, Security Council resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on Women, Peace, and Security, unanimously passed in October of 2000. UNSCR 1325 is the first formal recognition by the international community of the critical roles women play in conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The mandate brings attention to gender equality in all aspects of international peace and security decision-making. UNSCR 1325 is based on the four pillars of participation, protection, prevention, and relief and recovery. The UN Security Council subsequently adopted additional resolutions that focus on ending conflict-related sexual violence, addressing obstacles to implementation of UNSCR 1325, and calling for measures of accountability.
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