As part of the United Nations review process of the Security Council resolution 1325, the Arab League unveiled an action plan for women, peace, and security for the Middle East and North African region. Fifteen years after the adoption of resolution 1325, the proposed action plan calls for greater and more meaningful involvement at all levels of decision-making of women and girls to fight terrorism and achieve peace in the region and it grants resources and provisions to do so.
The Arab League’s action plan stresses the need for the prevention of all forms of violence, including sexual gender-based violence during conflict. This initiative shows a strong commitment from Arab states. However, while this action plan is a welcomed first step for the creation of a responsive policy, actions will have to follow. Indeed, as Dr. Alaa Murabit, Libyan activist for women’s rights, stresses, “policy alone is not enough” as it “needs to be followed up by action, implementation and resources”. For more information, please visit here