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Cypriot Women''s peacebuilding efforts with specific reference to UNSC Resolution 1325

MARIA Hadjipavlou
University of Cyprus
MARIA Hadjipavlou
University of Cyprus
Open Panel

Abstract

In the last few decades a great deal of feminist literature addressed the gendered aspects of war, conflict and peace and has posed new questions regarding decisions to go to war, the impact of war and ethnonational conflicts on men and women as well as their differering experiences in peacebuilding. As a result of women''s movements international organizations (UN, EU, etc) have recognized that the participation of women in all phses of peace negotionion and post-conflict resconstruction is of paramount importance, such was the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000. Cyprus has also signed this resolution but to this day it has not produced an action plan for its implementation and after forty years of negotiations no woman has ever sat at the table.The paper will present and analyse Cypriot women''s struggles to exert pressure on decision makers and the peace negotiators to incorporate not only women''s presence and voices but to also include in the peace agreements and the future constitution gender equality provisions in the framework of participatory democracy.