As part of global open days on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security, UNAMID's Gender Advisory Section organized a one-day forum for women on 29 September 2014 in Nyala to identify the priorities, concerns and needs of women in South Darfur. The session brought together more than 60 women representatives from the Darfur Regional Authority, the South Darfur Legislative Council, traditional women leaders and members of the state committee on UNSCR 1325.
Addressing the women's forum, Ms. Yegerawork Angagaw, UNAMID Senior Gender Adviser, explained that the session was an opportunity to assess the impact of the implementation of the landmark resolution 1325, achievements, challenges and the way forward.
The forum also encouraged women to share their experiences, concerns and priorities as a contribution to national and regional efforts to resolve conflicts and peace building. The outcomes of these global open days are expected to inform and influence policies and programmes related to the implementation of resolution 1325 as well as highlight challenges faced by women and their contributions to conflict resolution and peace building.
Ms. Angagwa reaffirmed the Mission's continued logistical and technical support to women committees in Darfur in the implementation of the resolution.
The UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 on 31 October 2000. The resolution recognised the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction and stressed the importance of their equal participation and full involvement of women in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.
Global open days are commemorated annually on the anniversary of UNSCR 1325, to voice the opinions on the topic with the aim to accelerate the resolution's implementation.