Using Resolution 1325 in Guatemala today

1 Aug 2021 13:15

UN Resolution 1325 on the role of women in peace and security is relevant to address Guatemala’s contemporary problems, provided its domestic implementation translates into action.  

On 30 June 2021, GAAMAC’s partner Impunity Watch participated in the meeting "Validity of Resolution 1325 in contemporary problems" in Bogotá (Colombia). The event was organized by Humanas Colombia, who is also part of the GAAMAC network, for representatives from women's and human rights organizations.

Haydeé Valey, coordinator of the Victim Participation Programme in Guatemala, shared the Guatemalan experience in establishing its National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

The NAP is a positive step at the Latin American level to increase the participation of women in public spaces, promote reforms in the judiciary and security sectors and reduce impunity for crimes of sexual violence in armed conflict. Guatemala is one of the few countries that has a plan of this type, however the NAP’s full implementation will ultimately rely on political will.

Haydeé  Valey stressed the importance of Resolution 1325 in the implementation of the Peace Accords in Guatemala, quoting Impunity Watch’s monitoring report to Resolution 13 25 for 2016-2019. The recent years have witnessed a progressive deterioration of peace and women related institutions. Counteracting this deterioration and promoting the implementation of the NAP are key to preventing atrocities recurrence.