This historic decision was passed by the UN security council in October 2000 – decision 1325 – which calls for the participation of women from diverse groups and backgrounds in key decision-making processes relating to peace and security, the protection of women from all forms of violence, and the integration of gendered perspectives on peace and security.
The state of Israel has been the first to adopt components from the decision as early as 2005 and it even committed in a historic government decision in 2014 to adopt an action plan for its implementation. Yet, do this day, in the year 2020, the decision hasn’t been implemented, but the opposite: there are dozens of examples for women’s voices being silenced and for them being excluded from decision making forums. An especially noticeable example was seen during the covid-19 crisis – when the government appointed a team of experts to deal with the crisis that included 23 experts, out of which 0 were women (!)
Following the petition that was filed by the “Itach-Ma’aki” association together with the Rackman center on the behalf of 13 civil society organizations, there has been a groundbreaking development when the Israel national security council appointed a new expert committee headed by a woman, with a female majority that included an arab woman and a Haredi woman.
Unlike Israel, 86 countries all over the world formulated an action plan for the implementation of decision 1325. Among them are our neighbors Lebanon and the Palestinian National authority. In many countries such as Germany, New Zealand, and the Philippines, amended action plans have already been formulated with the involvement of civil society organizations.
The “Itach-Ma’aki” Association has been working since 2007 to advance decision 1325 and for its implementation in Israel, together with dozens of organizations and activists. We call for the Israeli government to join us and to work toward formulating an action plan for the implementation of decision 1325 as an essential tool for the assimilation of gender equality in Israeli society. In commemoration of 20 years to decision 1325 by the UN security council, we orchestrated a series of online events about the subject, beginning with the end of October and until November 25th, the international day for the elimination of violence against women.
The events focused in topics concerning violence against women in the society and in politics, about questions on the forming of an Arab Jewish partnership un the feminist field, on topics of peace and security, feminist foreign policy, the place of women in informal negotiations, on the connection between gender, security, and climate, on the question of how to bridge the gap between an adequate representation, a diverse representation, and a substantial representation, asylum seeking women, an artistic tour through 1325 glasses, and more..

The Campaign

Female-led countries handled coronavirus better

Representation

All countries are obligated to make sure that there is a full and equal participation of women from diverse groups in the population, on key issues concerning peace and security.

There are over 200,000 women who are victims of violence and life-threatening situations

Protection

All countries are obligated to protect women and children from all types of violence, in the public and private sphere. Equal representation at the decision-making level is not possible without wide-ranging protection for women from all backgrounds.

86 countries implemented Resolution 1325 action plans. What about you, Israel?

Integrating a gender perspective

Listening to women from different groups and  considering their experiences when making decisions is known as integrating a gender perspective. It is essential that leaders listen to women’s perspectives. This is the key to creating lasting peace agreements and preventing further violence. Peace agreements will only stand the test of time if the voices of diverse women are heard, without them, we are missing half the story.

About us

Decision 1325 that was decided upon by the UN security council has been promoted by women led organizations from all over the world. In Israel as well, women led organizations are the ones that led and are still leading the implementation of the decision in the past 20 years.
In 2005, the “Isha L’Isha” organization together with the “Itach-Ma’aki” association and many other organizations, led to a legislative amendment in Israel. After the legislative amendment, the “Itach-Ma’aki” association submitted eight petitions to the high court of justice against committees that hadn’t implemented the law. Only recently, along with the Rackman center and on behalf of 13 other organizations, another petition has been submitted against the National security council’s expert committee for coping with Covid-19 which didn’t include any women. In the petition we demanded female representation in the committee and especially of women from minority groups.
From 2012 to 2014 the “Itach-Ma’aki” association along with the Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere (WIPS) in the Van Leer institute, and the “Agenda” (ANU) organization, led a coalition of over thirty civil society organizations that co-wrote an action plan for the implementation of the decision 1325 in Israel that was submitted to the government.
From 2016 to 2018, the “Itach-Ma’aki” association, the “Women Wage Peace” organization, and the “Adam” institute for democracy and peace, expanded the circles of women who work in the field of peace and security by training and supporting over 500 women from diverse groups in the population.
In the past two years, we have put together an idea formulating team of female experts from different groups and organizations that accompany the 1325 project.
Alongside the “Itach-Ma’aki” association, there worked and are still working dozens of organizations and independent activists in order to push forth the principles of decision 1325. We may not always agree on everything, including the interpretation to decision 1325, its clauses or its implementations, but we are all united in agreeing with notion that decision 1325 in an important and relevant tool to the reality of our lives- and that it is crucial to implement it starting now.