MARWOPNET Calls for 1325 Awareness Clubs in Schools

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The Field Representative of Kvinna Till Kvinna, a Swedish organization that promotes women’s rights, Madam Ann-Marie Lukowski, has called for the launching of Awareness Clubs in schools and communities in the country.

Madam Lukowski made the call Monday at the official launch of the ‘Manor River Women’s Peace Network 1325 Awareness Club’ held at the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) conference hall in Monrovia.

MARWOPNET 1325 Awareness Club is to fast track the UNSCR 1325 implementation policy.

Giving a brief background of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSRC 1325), she explained that it was adopted unanimously on October, 31 2000, to focus on women, peace and security in a country.

She said women and girls have been direct victims of armed conflicts and due to this the 1325 Resolution calls for the adoption of a gender perspective to consider the special needs for the protection of human rights for women and girls during conflict, repatriation and resettlement, rehabilitation, reintegration and post-conflict reconstruction.

Madam Lukowski, however, encouraged youth clubs to engage themselves into activities by creating awareness on their campuses about the significance of the resolution as ambassadors.

“You the youth are the ambassadors for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 to the rights of our women and children and in order to implement this, you must unite for the betterment of Liberia,” KTK Field Representative urged.

MARWOPNET Focal Point Madam Ruth Caesar said following the establishment of the UNSCR 1325, Liberia has not been able to complete the implementation because the process has been slow.

She said the establishment of clubs in schools and other places will provide better awareness about the significance of the resolution and will create space to speed up the process.

Madam Caesar noted that the essence is to also develop the excitement for more youth to get involved for the government to support the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection to implement the 1325 resolution.

“MARWONET will continue working to bring stakeholders on board to implement the protection of everyone from violence, promote gender activities, reduce harmful practices and create opportunities for all,” Madam Caesar said.

The Resolution 1325 is the first formal and legal document from the United Nations Security Council (UNSCR) that requires parties in a conflict to prevent violations of women’s rights, to support women’s participation in peace negotiations and in post-conflict reconstruction, and to protect women and girls.

It was also the first United Nations resolution to specifically mention women and it has since become an organizing framework for women, peace and security agenda, which focuses on advancing the components of Resolution 1325.

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