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In 2000, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security adopted and recognized for the first time that women’s full participation in conflict management is a matter of international peace and security. The resolution was the result of many years of civil society organization’s lobbying and advocacy work that ultimately paid off.

The historic resolution led a number of Swedish women and peace organizations to gather in 2003 to discuss how they could work together to implement the resolution and become a reality. In 2006, the umbrella organization Operation 1325 was registered as a result.

Since 2006, Operation 1325 has worked nationally and internationally to influence those in power and civil society to take Resolution 1325 into greater consideration. Women’s perspective on security must permeate all Swedish peace-building work, not least diplomatic relations, development cooperation, and military and civilian efforts.

2020 is the anniversary year of Resolution 1325 which is an opportunity to draw attention to the measures that are still lacking and the efforts required to comply with the resolution.