Afghan Women's Network

Afghan Women's Network

Women, Peace and Security

AWN's peace and security work is rooted in the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), which was the first resolution to address the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women. The resolution also stresses the importance of women's equal participation as active agents in peace building processes.

AWN endorses women's participation and full involvement in all efforts related to the maintenance and promotion of peace and security in Afghanistan. By monitoring the implementation of UNSCR 1325, AWN has gained a strong position in its advocacy for women's inclusion in the peace process at the decision Similarly, in Oslo Symposium – hosted by Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in November 2014 on “Women's Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan” was the forum where Afghanistan's achievements over the past 13 years were discussed and the challenges for ensuring future progress were identified. The participants of the Oslo conference included the senior representatives of the Afghan government, parliament and civil society including representatives of 32 other governments, multilateral organizations and international civil society organizations discussed and agreed on contributing to women empowerment and gender mainstreaming across all governance bodies.

The network promotes the participation of women in the peace talks at the regional, national and international level while the network also engages in capacity building activities with Afghanistan's High Peace Council members. Further, AWN actively participates in the development of the National Action Plan (NAP) for the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Afghanistan.