Kathmandu, December 4:

The commencement of the peace process has, among others, brought into limelight the UN resolution 1325, which was adopted to improve the position of womenfolk in conflict-ridden societies.

Passed by the UN Security Council (UNSC) in 2000, it is considered “a historic step with “critical implications” across nations having poor record in the uplift of women and their promotion. The key elements of the resolution currently being revised by the UNFPA in the light of the unfolding scenario in Nepal, are “participation of women in decision making and peace processes and inclusion of gender perspectives and training in peace-keeping.”

While the third element is “protection of women and girls in conflict zones and refugee camps the fourth element is gender mainstreaming within UN system.”

UNFPA consultant Sana Anderlini said the four key elements have concomitantly thrown up several obligations too. They include “letting women have more say in decision-making from conflict resolution to prevention.”

Inter alia, the UN Secretary General, too, is required to name more women envoys.

The UN Secretary General is obliged to report to the UNSCl on the impact of conflict on women.

Global compliance is still poor with only a “handful of nations like Canada, the UK and Scandanavian nations have developed action plans.” They have formed consultative groups and are having members of the fairer sex in important positions.

Commenting on compliance to 1325 in Nepal, Dr Renu Rajbhandari, who represents Women Rehabilitation Centre, said: “It is a pity that the resolution has not been taken seriously at all. Many do not know about it.”