Operation 1325’s board consists of representatives from our member organizations. The board works with strategic issues which are then executed by the secretariat.
Ann Stödberg became chairperson of Operation 1325 in 2019. Ann has previously worked on issues of development, poverty reduction, and democracy promotion, in many different parts of the world. After several years as head of a development mission in Myanmar, Ann visited Operation 1325’s board to share her experiences concerning the agenda for women, peace, and security in Myanmar. This became the initial contact that over time has led to her being chairman today.
In addition to Myanmar, Ann has been active in several countries in Africa and Latin America and seen up close how countries and their populations are affected by war and conflict. It is from this background that Ann developed her interest in women, peace and security. Some of her key considerations are how women are affected by conflicts and what the consequences will be of peace agreements that lack women’s voices and influence. In addition to Operation 1325, Ann is a board member at Stockholm District Court, as well as a board member and active member of three other civil rights organizations.
Gunnel has been a member of the board since SKV became a member of Operation 1325 in 2014. Her involvement in women, peace, and security dates back a long time, partly in Women for Peace shortly after they were founded in the late 80s and then also in SKV since the beginning of the 90s.
Topics that are particularly important to discuss are honor cultures and norms of masculinity. A good way to initiate change is to create discussions and thereby try to break existing trends that otherwise appear cemented. Youth is therefore an important target group because they have the opportunity to come up with new insights and perspectives.
Cecilia Ralfe Stelander
Cecilia has been a member since 2013, where she represents the Swedish Ecumenical Women’s Council. Cecilia then replaced Carin Gardbring who was chairman of SEK and one of the founders of Operation 1325. In addition to the Swedish Ecumenical Women’s Council, Cecilia is also part of the European Ecumenical Women’s Council.
Her interest in gender equality was first sparked in the context of sports, youth and peace, and these issues remain important to Cecilia. Youth is important because they come up with new perspectives and add new energy to discussions. Regarding sports, Cecilia is a qualified performer of aikido where she is the highest ranked in Sweden and among the highest rated also in Europe and the world. Cecilia is an everyday professional psychotherapist in Uppsala.
Aase has been co-opted to Operation 1325’s board since 2017 as a representative for Sveriges Kvinnolobby. She has also dedicated 30 years to working at the UN. Since women and men are important in all parts of development, gender equality and women’s rights have always been a component of her work.
Resolution 1325 and the year 2000 were in many ways a turning point because security policy previously had been considerably male-dominated. Even though this is less prominent today in comparison to what it has been, women continue to carry the responsibility and the losses from the decisions. Aase now lives in Stockholm and continues to be involved in gender equality issues and development work.
Maria Loa Sandberg
Maria has been adjunct to the board since 2017 as a representative of the Svenska Kvinnors Vänsterförbund. Her area of responsibility on the board is to be treasurer. When Maria is not doing board work for Operation 1325, she is a treatment assistant in Stockholm municipality, which she has worked with for the past 30 years.
Klaudia is a board member and has been representing RIFFI since 2018. Her background with women, peace and security goes back a long way. She has been active in RIFFI since 2011 but had previously worked for about 20 years with various projects concerning women in rural areas in Africa. The aim was to support women and provide them with tools for further development, as economic empowerment is often the first step towards further development. In addition to Operation 1325, Klaudia is also a board member of RIFFI and IFFI.
Birgitta has been involved in gender equality issues since the 70s when she was involved in starting the Women’s University of Gothenburg in 1985. Her approach to gender equality has primarily been from a socially critical perspective and as a party politician, but also through civil rights organizations such as KFF and SKV. In Operation 1325, Birgitta considers it particularly important to raise awareness and inform about Resolution 1325 and Operation 1325’s activities. Examples of such information work that Birgitta has been involved in and organized is the Book and Library Fair and also role-plays in upper secondary schools in the Gothenburg area.
Birgitta has previously worked as a teacher in Sweden and abroad, where she taught in Kenya and Nairobi, among other places. Within the board, she represents SKV as a deputy.
The senior council
The senior council was founded in 2019 as an expert council to the organization’s board. By establishing a discussion forum for women with long experience of work and commitment in women, peace and security, Operation 1325 wants to develop the organization’s strategic future and external analysis. The senior council consists of Majbritt Theorin, Ingela Mårtensson, Anita Klum, Eva Zetterberg, Birgitta Holst Alani, Ann Svensén and Maria Luisa Bartolomei.