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Below you will find some useful links to relevant organisations and websites.

Conference of Non-Governmental Organisations (CONGO) PDF Print E-mail

The WNC is a member of CONGO, comprising national, regional and international NGOs in consultative status with the UN which allows us to partake in certain UN meetings. CONGO was established in 1948 as an independent, international association, promoting UN/NGO partnership; it now has approximately 500 member organisations and facilitates the participation of NGOs in United Nations debates and decision-making. CONGO is most active at the major UN centres of New York, Geneva and Vienna but its work stretches out to all regions of the world.

Since its inception in 1948 CONGO has relentlessly worked to ensure that NGO voices be hear throughout the international arena. CONGO’s role in mobilizing NGOs to form the first worldwide NGO forum on human rights in 1968, its role in conceiving forms of NGO participation in UN World Conferences and its advocacy on behalf of NGOs at UN Headquarters highlight CONGO’s chief objectives: to ensure that NGOs be present when governments discuss issues of global concern at the United Nations and to facilitate NGO discussions on such issues. Visit CONGO's website for further details.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 PDF Print E-mail

United Nations Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 was established to address the impact of war on women, and increase women's contributions to conflict resolution and sustainable peace. The most useful background information on the resolution can be found here

Associate Parliamentary Group on Women Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325)

The WNC is represented on the Associate Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security which is the official parliamentary forum in the UK, for the discussion and critical analysis of issues relating to Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

The APG is a platform for Parliamentarians, civil servants and civil society to come together in one forum to debate, to encourage dialogue, all on the basis of expert information and opinion from across the political spectrum and civil society, on issues relating to gender and peace building. It is convened quarterly and focuses on how to promote throughout government, the UNSCR1325.

There are also four subgroups of the APG. These are on: Afghanistan, Gender training of troops, Iraq, and Widowhood. The subgroups work to push priorities on these specific areas and are formed by full members of the APG.

Further information about this group can be obtained from Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) which was established in May 2006 to promote, support and monitor the inclusion of a gender perspective in security and peace building policies. It also monitors progress on those commitments made in UN Security Council resolution 1325, European Parliament resolution 2000/2025 and related instruments on women, peace and security. 

Contact: GAPS Coordinator

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UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

UK Ministers announced on 8 March 2006- International Women's Day - a  UK action plan to address the disproportionate effects of conflict on women and girls. The cross-government action plans sets out how the UK will implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence and Department for International Development, along with other Government departments, have worked together to produce the plan.

Useful Information 

You can download the Security Council Debate on 1325 – 23 October 2007, here 

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) PDF Print E-mail

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. It is the principal global policy-making body. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) PDF Print E-mail

CEDAW One Year On Report 

The UK Government was examined by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in July 2008.  As part of the process of examination and reporting, state parties are required to submit a One Year On report to the Committee.  The Government Equalities Office submitted this report before 31 July, which has now been published and can be read here.

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