There are still numerous active or “frozen” conflicts in Europe.
Women are too frequently ignored in the crisis management, peace
negotiation and reconstruction processes. Treated as passive victims
and confined to the stereotyped roles that they have been allocated
by society, women remain on the margins of political discussions
that nevertheless affect their daily lives and security.
The Assembly believes that gender perspective is an instrument
for crisis management. Greater female participation in decision
making in public and political life in connection with conflict
prevention, management and resolution would give fresh impetus to
the process of dialogue and to the mediation efforts of member states
and the international community, including the Council of Europe
and its Parliamentary Assembly.
With this in mind, the Assembly should invite the member states
of the Council of Europe tocomply
with United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 (2000) and
1820 (2008) as soon as possible, to include a gender perspective
in intervention, peacekeeping and crisis management operations and
to combat all forms of gender-based violence that impede the effective
participation of women in public life. In the framework of the follow-up
to the Forum on Early Warning in Conflict Prevention (Strasbourg,
24 and 25 September 2009), the Assembly should decide to promote
gender mainstreaming in its programme and working methods.
Finally, the Assembly should invite the Committee of Ministers
to ensure the balanced participation of women and men in its subordinate
bodies which deal with frozen conflicts, current conflicts and post-conflict
situations, to take into account women’s expertise and adopt without
delay a recommendation on the role of women and men in conflict
prevention and resolution and in peace building.