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SDDirect marks 15th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 in Feminism in London Conference 2015

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SDDirect marks 15th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 by taking part in Feminism in London Conference 2015

On the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, SDDirect experts were privileged to take part in the Feminism in London Conference.

SDDirect’s Vix Anderton hosted a panel discussion entitled “Women, Peace and Security: Has UN Security Council Resolution 1325 really changed women’s lot in peace and conflict?” which explored the horrific ways women continue to be deliberately targeted in conflicts, particularly in parts of the Middle East and South Asia, the importance of masculinity in fuelling a cycle of violence, and critically evaluated the Resolution and its impact.  Vix said “I was delighted to be part of one of the most popular sessions of the Conference.  Hearing accounts of how women are suffering in conflict was incredibly moving and there was a real sense, by the end of the session, that all governments could be doing so much more to promote the principles of Resolution 1325.”

Lydia Stone, who leads SDDirect’s Conflict and Peacebuilding portfolio, presented on the role played by masculinities in contributing to violence against women in the conflict in South Sudan.  Referring to the high levels of sexual violence perpetrated in the conflict she said “The young men who are committing atrocities now have been steeped in a militarised context whereby status is attained by force.  Preventative initiatives to stop violence against women in conflict must be undertaken during peacetime; we cannot wait until war breaks out before we take action”.

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