Women Engaged in Action 1325 (WE Act 1325) is a network of human rights, peace and women’s organizations committed to the implementation of the Philippine National Action Plan on UNSCRs 1325 and 1820.
Women Preventing War Building Peace
In light of the conspicuous lack of women in conflict resolution and in the peace processes. As well as lack of attention given to issues of women in situations of armed conflict and the disproportionate effects these have on them, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution 1325 to recognize the importance of women’s participation in conflict prevention, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and post conflict reconstruction. Similarly, UNSCR 1820 was also passed to address sex and gender based violence committed against women in times of conflict.
The Philippine National Action Plan (PNAP) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS)
In the Philippine context, the government in collaboration with various Civil Society groups, crafted the PNAP in order to fulfill its commitment on Women, Peace and Security, as a state party to these resolutions. A National Steering Committee on Women, Peace Security (NCS-WPS), composed of lead government agencies was formed through E.O. 865 to oversee the process of implementing the PNAP.
WE Act 1325
Recognizing the need to strengthen the implementation of the PNAP and these two resolutions within the Philippines, the Women Engaged in Action on 1325 (WE Act 1325) network was formed conceived from the collaboration of various of women, human rights, peace advocates from CSOs who initiated formulation of the actively provided input on the NAP. The We Act 1325 network, launched on November 17, 2010, was convened to provide support in implementation of the PNAP and advance the meaningful participation of women in conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
As of late 2015, the network has 34 active members nationwide, working on peace education, peace research, peacebuilding, disarmament, active non-violence, cultural integrity, civilian protection, human rights, development, women’s empowerment and gender equality.
Women’s work in conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding in the home, communities, the workplace and other spheres is hardly recognized. The logo recognizes that women can play important roles in conflict resolution and other peace processes. The logo also represents the call for women’s increased representation at all decision-making levels and mechanisms that affect peace and security