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    • National action plan for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325

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    • Date: 25 May 2009

      Director of the Centre for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR), Sonja Stojanović and Gorana Odanović, Research Fellow at the CCMR have participated at the seminar „Implementation of UN SCR 1325 in Serbia“ where they have joined the team that will work on the creation of the National Action Plan for implementation of UN SCR 1325 in Serbia.

      Seminar was held from 22-25 May 2009 in Kovačica, and was organised by the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence and the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia, with the support of the OSCE Mission in Serbia. In the seminar, representatives of the Serbian Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as academia, media and civil society representatives have taken part.

      UN SC Resolution 1325 was adopted on 31 October 2000 with the goal to increase the participation of women in the decision making processes, reaffirm the important role of women in prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building, and to stress the importance of their equal participation in the peace-keeping missions. Resolution also emphasizes the specific needs of women and children in the armed conflicts and the need to for their protection as well as prevention and punishment of sexual and any other violence against women.

      After the adoption of this action plan, Serbia will become the first post-communist and second post-conflict country in the world that has adopted the National plan for the implementation of the UN SCR 1325. Four working groups were created during the seminar and during next few months they will work on the proposals on how to increase participation of women in decision-making processes; how to increase participation of women in conflict, post-conflict situations and in peace-keeping missions; on sensitisation on gender issues of male and female members of the Serbian armed forces and on integration of gender issues in the policy and practice of security sector reform.

      Next meeting of working groups, whose members are two CCMR representatives, will be held in June 2009.

      Prepared by Gorana Odanović

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