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Women in Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management


This report is an overview of the Expert Seminar on "Women in Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management" held at Hofburg in Vienna, Austria. The objective of the seminar was to discuss and identify possible actions in order to fully implement UNSCR 1325 in the OSCE as well as to exchange informations about women's participation in conflict prevention and crisis management.


The expert Seminar "Women in Confllict Prevention and crisis managament"which was held in Vienna, Austria was organised by the Permanent Delegation od Sweeden to the OSCE in co-operation with Folke Bernadotte Academy, and with the support of the Slovenian OSCE Chairman-in-Office following an initiative of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The main objective was to promote the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 (2000) in the OSCE and thereby contribute to the equal and active participation of both women and men in common efforts to prevent conflicts and promote peace and security in the region. 

The seminar was organized in plenary sessions and workshops, which offered an opportunity to discuss and identify possible actions to implement UNSCR 1325 in OSCE.

The OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality was adopted in 2004. The Action Plan aims to set out the priorities of the OSCE in promoting gender equality through its operations, in its organization and in all participating States, and to ensure the monitoring of its implementation. In order to achieve these goals, the plan addresses the activities, policies, projects and programmes of the organization concerning gender mainstreaming, as well as assistance by the OSCE to participating States in promoting gender equality. The plan contains specific references to the implementation of UNSCR 3125 in the OSCE.