The 31 October 2000 marked the first time the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) addressed the disproportionate and unique impact armed conflict has on women; and recognised the under-valued and under-utilised contributions women make to conflict prevention, peacekeeping, conflict resolution and peace-building. The UNSC recognised women’s role in conflict by voting, unanimously, for resolution 1325.

This resolution on Women, Peace and Security was a milestone in international politics, as it stressed the importance of women’s equal and full participation within the decision making process, and highlighted their role as active agents in peace and security.