YWCA Conference on UNSC resolution 1325 statement is a call to actionWritten by YWCA of Palestine
November 14, 2014
“UNSCR 1325 is about Women, Peace, and Security. It is about engaging women in prevention and resolution of conflicts and building a just and lasting peace. The 1325 resolution is also about ending impunity and prosecuting those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.” Fredrik Gjernes, Director of the YWCA YMCA Global in Norway
The conference is over and now begins the hard work of solidarity and action. Over 300 women and men attended our three day international conference from September 29 to October 1 in Bethlehem, Palestine. About 100 internationals came from abroad and within Palestine representing 12 countries. Our three days were filled with impassioned testimonies and speeches and images about Gaza, life under a military occupation, patriarchy and how all these intersect and impact women’s lives.
The primary message from all participants was accountability and the recognition and guaranteeing of internationally recognized rights for human security, dignity, and freedom. Speaker after speaker called for solidarity networks between women to achieve a peace that can be achieved through what Ms. Rima Nazzal calls “the power of right instead of the right to power. Second is the call to make the “occupier pay a high price for the occupation” through taking Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes in Gaza and through economic, cultural, and political pressure as called for by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Global Campaign. In addition, there was a call to the Swiss government and other government signatories to the four Geneva Conventions to convene a special meeting to discuss Israel’s constant violation of the Geneva IV Convention and to adopt necessary measures to make them accountable.
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