Brunssum, The Netherlands - Yesterday JFC Brunssum (JFCBS) celebrated the 20th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325).
"UNSCR 1325 [is the] baseline from which international organisations such as NATO have progressed in their approach to gendered issues."
Introduced in the year 2000, UNSCR 1325 was the first in a series of UN Security Council resolutions to address the role of gender within armed conflict. It acknowledges that men and women influence, and are influenced by, conflict and war in different ways whilst acknowledging that there should be a place for all sexes within peace building processes.
In his opening remarks, JFCBS Deputy Commander - Lieutenant General Stuart Skeates - greeted attendees by thanking them for their overwhelming support and highlighted: "UNSCR 1325's continuing importance as a baseline from which international organisations such as NATO have progressed in their approach to gender issues."
The event featured powerful talks from Colonel Anne Marie Fenton, Assistant Chief of Staff (Human Resources) at JFCBS and Deputy Political Advisor Eliza Elerte, who spoke of the unique relationship between armed conflict and women's rights, and how UNSCR 1325 has changed the lens through which we see and react to armed conflict globally.
The event was conducted in strict compliance with host nation COVID prevention measures and was simultaneously broadcast to JFCBS subordinated units throughout North-Eastern Europe, who dialled in via video call.