Message of the Convenor of IAW’s Commission on Peace and Security
Confronted with all the violence and hatred around the world, to many of IAW’s members the celebration of this day may sound rather cynical. Especially to those having experienced their lives torn apart by war and conflict, be it as victims or as defenders of human rights or involved in peace talks and the reconstruction of their communities.
To all of them: IAW’s deep appreciation and salute.
IAW supports the efforts of the United Nations in working on a universal declaration on the human right to peace. The unique feature of such a declaration would be that once agreed upon it would represent a substantive commitment of the UN family of nations to build a preventive culture of peace. It would help to protect the human rights defined in so many important UN documents, but so often endangered or lost in conflict; and especially for women.
IAW supports the world-wide implementation of UN Security Resolution 1325 and subsequent United Nations Security resolutions for women, peace and security. We are convinced that a UN-wide Declaration on the Human Rights to Peace would strengthen their implementation and enhance women’s engagement as advocates, partners and agents of change, FOR PEACE.