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Inspiring Locally, Implementing Globally: Localization of UNSCR 1325 and 1820

The Localization of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 program engages key local actors in the implementation of UNSCR 1325.

This program is a decentralized and localized approach to policy implementation designed to: broaden the discussion on UNSCR 1325 and 1820 to include critical local actors such as governors, mayors, councilors, community-based women's organizations, local police and military officers, religious leaders, indigenous and traditional leaders and community elders; shift from awareness-raising to concrete actions for implementation; and develop local legislation and policy documents that support effective implementation of UNSCR 1325 at the most local level of governance.

The Localization program was cited in the UN Secretary General’s 2012 report on Women, Peace and Security as an important strategy that promotes implementation at sub-national and regional levels, as well as an effort to integrate women and peace and security commitments to legislation, policy-making and planning processes. It has set in motion actual implementation of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 in several countries where the program is operational, shifting the focus from mere discussion to concrete action. This program is being implemented in Burundi, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Liberia, Nepal, the Philippines, Serbia, Sierra Leone and Uganda, though its recognition as a best example of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 implementation paves the way for possible replication in other countries.

To highlight the impact of the Localization programme, GNWP produced a publication "Implementing Locally, Inspiring Globally", focusing on the best case practices related to localization in the nine countries. More information about the publication can be found here.

Activities

Local authorities in Dokolo district, together with CSOs, developed the Dokolo Action Plan (DAP) on UNSCR 1325 and 1820, which focuses on the issue of sexual and gender-based violence. The DAP is the local translation of the NAP 1325 in this conflict-affected district.
The implementation of Sierra Leone’s 1325 and 1820 NAP (SiLNAP) through the local development plans in local communities is now part of the performance assessment of local district officials. In other words, part of the evaluation of the job performance of mayors, local councilors and other...
The 2012 Localization Workshops led to the inclusion of four women in the Bodong traditional peace council in Kalinga province—a 24-member century-old peace council appointed by tribal elders which, until then, was exclusively male. Following the workshops, government officials in the...
The Localization Program in Liberia produced Local Action Plans in seven districts and initiated a planning process to train provincial Superintendents to become Champions of the National and Local Action Plans implementation.
The 2010 Localization Workshops led to the formation of a group of Core Messengers of 1325 — a group that conducts awareness-raising campaigns on UNSCR 135 and 1820. As a follow-up to the Localization Workshops, the Burundi Guidelines for Integration of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 into local...
In the absence of a National Action Plan (NAP), participants in Localization Workshops in 2012 are drafting Departmental Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 and 1820. Participants are now conducting their own Advocacy Campaigns and Workshops to hold mayors’ and public attorneys’ offices...
The Localization program in Nepal led to the integration of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 in school curricula and the inclusion of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 in police and army trainings. In addition, the Ministries of Peace and Reconstruction and Federal Affairs and Local Development and Nepali CSOs developed NAP...
Following the Localization Workshops held in March-April 2013 in Katanga province and in November 2013 in South Kivu province, participants are already active in awareness-raising on the resolutions in their respective local institutions and communities: police officials and university professors...