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UNF’s Ambassador Soderberg talks on Resolution on Women, Peace and Security

Photo credit goes to the United Nations. Soderberg is second delegate sitting at table with arm raised during yes vote.

UNF political science and public administration professor Ambassador Nancy Soderberg sat down this week with the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Women's Issues to discuss the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, on the 21st anniversary of the historic resolution on women, peace, and security.

Soderberg was the U.S. delegate who casted her vote for the resolution, which was adopted unanimously by the U.N. Security Council in October 2000. The resolution acknowledged the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women and girls. It calls for the adoption of a gender perspective to consider the special needs of women and girls during conflict, repatriation and resettlement, rehabilitation, reintegration, and post-conflict reconstruction.

Resolution 1325 was the first formal and legal document from the U.N. Security Council that required parties in a conflict to prevent violations of women's rights, to support women's participation in peace negotiations and in post-conflict reconstruction, and to protect women and girls from wartime sexual violence. It was also the first U.N. Security Council resolution to specifically mention the impact of conflict on women. The resolution has since become an organizing framework for the women, peace, and security agenda, which focuses on advancing the components of Resolution 1325.

Watch the conversation with Ambassador Soderberg