Paragraph 146(a)-(b) – Beijing Platform for Action. Chapter IV

How can the promotion of peaceful conflict resolution and peace and the furtherance of peace research help with arms reductions and women’s rights?

Strategic objective E.4.

Promote women’s contribution to fostering a culture of peace

Actions to be taken

146. By Governments, international and regional intergovernmental institutions and non-governmental organizations:

  1. Promote peaceful conflict resolution and peace, reconciliation and tolerance through education, training, community actions and youth exchange programmes, in particular for young women;
  2. Encourage the further development of peace research, involving the participation of women, to examine the impact of armed conflict on women and children and the nature and contribution of women’s participation in national, regional and international peace movements; engage in research and identify innovative mechanisms for containing violence and for conflict resolution for public dissemination and for use by women and men;

Beijing Declaration (1995)

I like this paragraph set. The focus is on the largest possible scopes of the international, regional, and national communities and organizations to work on, mainly, peace. Looking at the core issue here, and as reflected in some depth in one of the more recent articles on the Beijing Declaration, the United Nations was found with the Charter of the United Nations effective on October 24, 1945 with a focus on the need for international peace and security.

This makes sense. No need for the details once more, simply a point of recollection. Thinking about the promotion of resolution and peace, these, obviously, are hand in hand with one another. All training and education and community action geared towards peace with one practical consequence of resolution. It seems a tad like the Montagues versus the Capulets in which two warring factions make peace through finding common ground for a peaceful agreement; a resolution of the conflict.

There could be youth exchange programmes, too, which could form the basis for the next generations learning more about other places in the world and developing a tolerance for one another. The emphasis here, within the paradigm of a focus on women’s issues, is the sending of young women abroad to undergo this, often, lifechanging experience.

The majority of the victims of armed conflict as civilians are women and children, where the proportion of the civilian casualties has been increasing over time. Indeed, some of our base facts about war are the two-fold issue of forcing many men into war or coercing them into it, and then having the majority of the unarmed murdered as women and children.

The “nature and contribution of women’s participation” in the peace movements becomes integral. Long-term activists such as Ralph Nader or Noam Chomsky, or Margaret Atwood or Arundhati Roy, know this. The integral part of women in the peace movements and their longevity. The call here is, in fact, one big research project on the mechanism and gears that make for the resolution of conflict and violence with one key answer found in the representation of women and the public dissemination of this knowledge for popular action for “governments, international and regional intergovernmental institutions and non-governmental organizations.”

(Updated 2019-08-21, only use the updated listing, please) Not all nations, organizations, societies, or individuals accept the proposals of the United Nations; one can find similar statements in other documents, conventions, declarations and so on, with the subsequent statements of equality or women’s rights, and the important days and campaigns devoted to the rights of women and girls too:

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