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The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 Implementation in Palestine and Israel 2000-2009

Authored By: Nadera Shalhoub Kevorkian

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Executive Summary

In Israel and Palestine, women’s organizations have lobbied legislators for greater female involvement in decision-making processes and have organized collaborative implementation and conflict resolution workshops. Despite these efforts, there is a disconnect between implementation activities among elite women who enjoy access to political power and those with less access to the political framework (Wi’am, 2007b; Moghadam, 2005; Kumpulainen, 2008) or economic resources. Many women are still unfamiliar with the [1325] Resolution, and widespread participation in implementation activity on a grassroots level remains a challenge (Nazzal 2009, Wia’m, 2007b). The continuing occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the lack of a Palestinian state, cleavages between women along social, ethnic, religious, and economic lines, the centrality of the military discourse to Israeli policymaking, and forms of patriarchy and control over women in both societies continue to hinder widespread, grassroots involvement in implementation activities, despite the success women’s groups have had lobbying lawmakers and creating networks among women. This report will look at the actions taken to implement the Resolution in the Palestinian territories and among Palestinian women in Israel, and will review and analyze the feminist literature related to the Resolution and its implementation.