World YWCA stands in solidarity with and is committed to the UNSCR 1325 . We know that war, conflict, and violence impacts women, young women and girls differently. In times of conflict and instability, there is severe risk of sexual violence, abuse, displacement, increased poverty and trauma. Especially for girls, young women and women, issues and realities of gender inequality, disproportionate negative health outcomes, injustice and limited education access are exacerbated.
Women do not start wars, but they do suffer its worst consequences. Active participation of women and young women is a major key to relevant action and effective implementation of peace processes- Women are vital to building peace that is not just inclusive and effective but sustainable and long lasting.
COVID-19 has highlighted that while a global pandemic affects every person indiscriminately, the impact on the most vulnerable in our society, clubbed with the world’s injustices, is extremely different. Women, young women, and girls who live in countries affected by armed conflicts, injustices, and war face unique and exacerbated challenges in parallel with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
In their unique context all over the world and as part of a dynamic movement, YWCA leaders constantly mobilise to work on issues of peace, conflict resolution, and anti-violence, alongside critical leadership, advocacy, and community response work. Peacebuilding and advocacy efforts and actions promoted by YWCA leaders are aligned to a number of United Nations Resolutions and to Goal 16 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals #GlobalGoals that calls to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.
If you missed our panels, you can watch the recordings by clicking on the links below.
#1 From Solidarity and Peace Resolutions to Reality on the Ground
In this first edition of the #BulletAndDove panels, we aimed to:
- dive deeper to understand the contexts, stories, and realities on the ground of Palestine, Armenia, and Japan, while elaborating on peacebuilding and advocacy efforts led by #YWCAleaders.
- address the role that solidarity and resolutions play in this work, and which concrete actions can be taken to meaningfully contribute to peacebuilding efforts driven by communities affected by violence, conflict, and war.
#2 No More Silence: Intergenerational Action towards Peace
- dive deeper to understand the contexts, stories, and realities on the ground of DRC, South Sudan, and Nigeria, while elaborating an intergenerational action with #YWCAleaders toward peace.
- address the power of storytelling and intergenerational action of #YWCALeaders advocating for peace in their communities and beyond.
#3 Still here: Centring survivors’ voice and agency
 The UN Security Council resolution 1325 urges all actors to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all United Nations peace and security efforts. It also calls on all parties to conflict to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse, in situations of armed conflict.