Women’s Economic Recovery: A pathway to sustaining peace
CEO Samar Muharebreflects on the1325 resolution, women’s rights, and sustainable peace.
As a women’s rights and protection civil society organization, ARDD works on multiple platforms to address these topics, including the 1325 project funded by WPHF. The1325 resolution brings the government and civil society together to work on issues related to women, peace, and security, and the role of women in conflict and peacebuilding. ARDD’s project builds on this resolution by seeking to engage women in humanitarian and conflict management processes by strengthening their protection and building their capacity to become active members in humanitarian action. ARDD believes this resolution requires significant investment to deconstruct the related issues and components that make it possible to apply.
Samar Muhareb participated in the recent CSW63 conference in New York. While she supports linking the economic agenda with 1325, she argues for the support and investment in economic participation for women during times of peace, as it is a crucial element in ensuring their resilience during times of conflict. Women need more than just direct financial assistance; instead, investing in women’s networks and encouraging solidarity around women’s rights movements would, over the long-term, enable women to contribute to peace and act as agents in peacebuilding.
At the conference our partners,the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), shared their research on how the lack of access to assets and productive resources for women renders women vulnerable to poverty and violence, and prevents them from realizing their rights to health, education, employment, and participation in conflict recovery and peacebuilding efforts. Further, research conducted by GNWP on women’s perceptions of sustaining peace found equitable access to resources, economic stability, and food security as essential components of sustainable peace.
ARDD’s role is to apply such findings through our programming; in order to move from theory to practice women must participate equally in the decision-making process. We must work more with women directly to enable the women themselves to work on crisis mitigation, and to build their resilience so they can contribute innovatively to their own future. Achieving the 1325 resolutions would thus impact the women’s rights movement globally, as well as Jordan specifically, ultimately contributing towards sustainable peace.
ARDD views resolution 1325 as a valuable opportunity should we successfully implement the national action plan, as this resolution is uniquely structured to bring civil society, governmental, military, and women in communities together to think collectively and participate in conflict prevention and management to create a more resilient nation, working together towards peace and security.