United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For immediate release
31 October 2022
Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325
Twenty-two years ago, the United Nations Security Council took a major step forward by adopting the historic Resolution 1325, which recognizes the disproportionate and specific effects of armed conflict on women and girls and the essential need to ensure full, equal and meaningful participation. Women in Peacebuilding and the Peace Process.
Yet, today we see horrific patterns of evidence of the sexual abuse of women and girls and the use of rape as a tool of war. Aggressive Russian soldiers are accused of raping women in Ukraine. During the war in northern Ethiopia, UN investigators found widespread acts of rape and sexual violence by government and government-affiliated forces and Tigrayan forces. Since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, the group has imposed harsh repressive orders that prevent women and girls from participating in public life and attending school, plunging the country further into poverty and unrest. And in Iran, we all watch in horror as security forces brutally suppress peaceful protests against draconian laws that limit women’s freedoms.
The United States applauds the extraordinary women around the world who stand boldly against injustice and advocate for peace and security. To support them, we must hold state and non-state actors accountable. We must implement policies to create and sustain safe spaces for women peacemakers, civil and political leaders, journalists and human rights defenders. We must work together to prevent all acts of violence against them – including the increasing misuse and exploitation of technology, gender-based violence and the proliferation of sexist misinformation.
For our part, the United States was the first country to codify our commitment to advance resolution 1325 by passing the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017.
It is time we all fully embrace the Women, Peace and Security agenda – not just with our words, but with our actions. The United States stands ready to work with the international community to ensure the full, equal, and meaningful participation of women – in all their diversity – in peace and security decision-making.
We call on all countries around the world to take the necessary steps to codify UN Security Council Resolution 1325 into their national laws. Let’s do this serious work together.