Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the groundbreaking United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security. In commemoration of this important anniversary, FOSDA celebrates the significant strides made globally in advancing the participation and role of women in peace and security.
This resolution has increased female participation in conflict prevention, resolution, and peacebuilding while highlighting the unique challenges women face during times of conflict and in everyday life.
Most African countries have developed National Action Plans to guide their implementation of UNSCR 1325 and are at various stages of implementation. Ghana is currently in the 3rd year of implementing its second National Action Plan, (GHANAP 2, 2020-2025)
For us at FOSDA, the successful implementation of these National Plans (NAPs) means the actualisation of the WPS agenda for all Women. We are therefore implementing the NAP Monitoring Project to consistently urge stakeholders into action and foster collaboration and commitment towards their effective implementation.
We are grateful to Ghana’s Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection and the Ministry of the Interior for working with us on this project and supporting our efforts. We are also grateful to the key security services including Immigration, Fire Service, Prisons, and the National Peace Council that have granted us an audience so far. We commend their dedication to implementing GHANAP 2, while we acknowledge that there is so much more to be done to make the aspiration of the Women, Peace and Security agenda a reality.
FOSDA is proud of the production of the first-ever monitoring report on the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Ghana, with the support of our partners Plan Ghana under the Women Voice and Leadership Project and Global Affairs Canada.
FOSDA acknowledges the ongoing efforts of governments, civil society, and international organizations to implement UNSCR 1325, urges continued momentum and deliberate efforts towards the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women in all aspects of peace and security, ensuring that women’s voices and experiences are central to creating a more peaceful and just world.