For the past 19 years since its adoption, the groundbreaking UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security has highlighted the impact of conflict on women and girls and underlined the importance of women’s meaningful participation in conflict resolution and peace-building.
The Women, Peace and Security agenda cuts across the work carried out by the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia through its mandate centred on post-conflict stabilization, normalisation and confidence building. In line with UNSCR 1325 and subsequent resolutions, EUMM integrates a gender perspective into different aspects of the Mission’s work, including planning, data collection, analysis, reporting and monitoring. Engaging with women’s civil society organisations and increasing women’s meaningful and equal participation in the Mission’s work is crucial.
The Mission monitors post-conflict developments in Georgia, including a focus on Georgia’s National Action Plan (NAP) on UNSCR 1325, women’s participation in conflict resolution mechanisms, as well as instances of gender-based violence, and other human rights violations, affecting conflict-affected populations.
“Gender equality and women’s equal participation are key for effective conflict resolution and maintenance of peace and security,” says EUMM Head of Mission Erik Høeg. “EUMM remains committed to full implementation of UNSCR 1325 through mainstreaming gender in all aspects of Mission’s monitoring activities and taking steps to increase gender balance.”
Women currently comprise 25% of international staff and 60% of local staff at EUMM. Increasing women’s representation in the Mission ultimately depends on EU Member States introducing more female candidates through secondments. However, EUMM has introduced measures to increase gender balance through actions such as revising job descriptions to ensure they contain gender-neutral language and encourage more women to apply.
To step up effective gender mainstreaming, EUMM is in the process of adopting a comprehensive Gender Action Plan to guide its work internally as well as externally in all aspects of mandate delivery.
EUMM welcomes the recent adoption of the EU Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security to further accelerate progress towards full implementation of UNSCR 1325 and subsequent resolutions across all EU institutions. Sustained commitment, increased capacity and gender-responsive leadership are prerequisites for strengthening the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda in EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions and beyond.
Head of Field Office Gori, Ms, Mihaela Gherasim,(center) shows Deputy Head of Mission, Ms. Kate Fearon (right) and Depu ty Civilian Operations Commander/Chief of Staff, Birgit Loeser (left), borderisation features at the South Ossetian Administrative Boundary Line
EUMM monitors observe “borderisation” features in the area of Koda/Kobi near the Administrative Boundary Line with South Ossetia