BPW International has a Women, Peace and Security Taskforce led by Dr Anne Hilty, BPW Hong Kong. BPW affiliates worldwide are encouraged to develop their own WPS project at club or federation level.
The Taskforce was established as BPW International’s response to the Landmark Resolution 1325 (2000) of the UN Security Council on the relationship between gender, peace and security. There have been 6 additional resolutions since then.
The 4 pillars of R1325 are Prevention, Participation, Protection, and Relief and Recovery:
- 1. Prevention of conflict and violence against women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations.
- 2. Equal participation of women and men in peace and security decision-making processes.
- 3. Protection and promotion of the rights of women and girls rights in conflict situations.
- 4. Reinforcement of women’s capacities to act as agents in relief and recovery.
The video Introduction to the BPW WPS project can be accessed by clubs interested in engaging with the international Taskforce and the WPS Taskforce Guidelines provide suggestions for advocacy and action with resources for our worldwide BPW affiliates to adopt and adapt according to their local needs.