13th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325: Where are the Women?

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The 31st October marks the 13th year since the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 was adopted. UNSCR 1325 addresses the inordinate impact of war on women, as well as the pivotal role women should and do play in conflict management, conflict resolution, and sustainable peace.

While existing efforts in Cyprus are being made by the bi-communal Gender Advisory Team (GAT) with the support of USAID Cyprus and the United Nations Good Office Mission to bring Cyprus in line with UNSCR 1325, there is still a lot to do. There is a need on the grass roots level for women to have opportunities for empowerment and to learn new skills, to raise the awareness of the general public and the political leadership about gender equality and the peace building process in Cyprus.

CCMC is proud to announce their new project “Where are the Women? Capturing the Gender Dividend in Cyprus for Peace and Beyond” which aims to get more women substantively involved and participating in the Cyprus peace building and reconciliation processes at the grass-roots level. Through media skills trainings for Cypriot women, innovative and unique media related awareness raising techniques, the project engages women from across Cyprus into active dialogue with community leaders to highlight the importance of the role of women in a lasting peace settlement.

“Usually peace negotiations look gender-neutral however especially in Cyprus women are usually excluded” said Umut Bozkurt of GAT and added “therefore women should participate and be more visible in peace building processes”.

The project is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Global Women’s Issues and is set to encourage citizen engagement using innovative tools.


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