The meeting of the Southern Women for Peace group was held on the 25-26 October in Amman as a follow-up to their first meeting, also in Amman, in April 2017. The geographically diverse group of southern women activists came together to develop their Plan of Action and a roadmap for their future activities in the southern governorates.
The Plan of Action is based on their perceived need to continue to disseminate the goals and principles of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The complicated security and geographic conditions in the south has ensured that it will not be possible for many women to participate directly in the lead up to peace talks. In light of this, the Southern Women for Peace group met in Amman on 24-25 October 2017, in an effort to prepare an inclusive and comprehensive Plan of Action to be disseminate and implemented by the group. The Plan of Action contains a clear vision and the methodology the group will adopt in its future work. They will accommodate the diverse views of the group members and thereby strengthen its internal dynamics in a way that renders it responsive to the difficult external environment.
The group agreed following points:
1) Adopted, as a general objective, a southern dialogue in the Governorate of Aden. This dialogue is to convene the executive authority, security and military authorities, political entities and civil society organizations. The outcome of the dialogue should lay the groundwork for the following:
- conducting an urgent advocacy campaign to stop the war, and call on all parties to join the negotiation table and begin taking measures to achieve peace;
- the disarmament of the armed groups operating outside the legal framework (militias and other groups);
- the integration of all armed militias into the ranks of the army and the security forces;
- official military and other security institutions to ensure security and peace in the city of Aden and the rest of the southern governorates;
- The southern security apparatus is the sole official lever to provide security and establish order in the south, noting that security is imperative for the resumption of normal life and when achieved many social issues can be addressed;
- the main priorities of the dialogue are the promotion of human rights principles, specifically women rights and establishing the rule of law.
2) Publishing leaflets outlining the groups activities, including a roadmap to ensure the adoption of SCR 1325.
3) Develop and implement awareness-raising programs on issues related to women, peace and security and the associated normative frameworks, including SCR1325.
4) Organize 12 workshops, two in each of the southern governorates, where women can engage each other and public opinion makers.
5) Undertake programs to educate different segments of society on the important role of women in achieving peace.
6) Training and engagement to create synergies between the Southern Women for Peace to all relevant entities and actors interested in achieving peace.
7) Conducting a signature campaign as an initial proposal to support the resolution (1325) and the role of women in promoting peace and participation in the peaceful political process.
In order to stop the war, it is imperative that the UN, represented by the Security Council, engage in earnest with all parties engaged in the conflict and its repercussions. In order to achieve peace, security and stability, and based on the Charter of the United Nations, the UN should have a direct and supervisory role on land and sea ports to prevent all parties who oppose peace from exacerbating the situation.
In accordance with our declared identity, "Southern Women for Peace", we affirm our commitment to peace and security in accordance with SCR1325. Moreover, we believe there is, thanks to a vibrant civil society, the possibility to implement activities and events to promote the SCR1325.