39 groups call for wider civil society participation for Japanese 1325 NAP

Date Aug 29, 2013 | Category: News & Announcements

AJWRC and 38 other organizations working on peace, women's rights and international cooperation today submitted the following letter to relevant bodies, asking for wider and meaningful participation of civil society in preparation process of Japanese national action plan for UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

Request for Meaningful Participation of Civil Society in the Preparation Process of the Japanese National Action Plan on UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

August 28, 2013
Attn: Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister of Foreign Affairs
CC to: UN Security Council President
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General
Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN-Women Executive Director

Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security adopted in October 2000 was the first resolution at the UN Security Council to focus on the essential relationship between gender equality, peace and security. All member states are obliged to prepare national action plans (NAP) for its implementation, and 41 of them have already done so at present.

We, the undersigned civil organizations working for gender equality, peace and security inside and outside Japan, are delighted that the Japanese Government's representative announced at the 57th Committee of the Status of Women held in New York in March 2013 that it would prepare a Japanese 1325 NAP for the first time. We welcome the Japanese Government's expression of its strong commitment to enforce the resolution, and wish to participate in the process of preparing an effective plan that would involve all relevant actors, including civil society.

Five months since the announcement, however, the Government has not disclosed details of the NAP preparation process, especially as to how civil society, particularly women°«s groups, could fully participate in the process. In a regular consultation session between Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on July 19, 2013, a MOFA representative explained that the Ministry is preparing a draft and intends to complete the process by December 2013, including holding a public hearing, while it also recognizes the importance of dialogue with civil society.

We do not believe there can be sufficient and meaningful consultation with civil society representatives if the Government insists upon preparing a plan in such a limited time, without enough research into and study of NAPs in other countries, and with minimal opportunities for public hearings, which will only be offered after the draft is prepared. Such a process may also damage the substance of the regular NGO-MOFA consultations.

A statement by the President of the Security Council on 28 October, 2004 (S/PRST/2004/40) notes that: °»The Security Council recognizes the important contribution of civil society to the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000) and encourages Member States to continue to collaborate with civil society, in particular with local women°«s networks and organizations, in order to strengthen implementation. To that end, the Council welcomes the efforts of Member States in implementing resolution 1325 (2000) at the national level, including the development of national action plans, and encourages Member States to continue to pursue such implementation.°… In fact, in many countries with 1325 NAPs, consultation with civil society - in particular with women°«s groups - was a critical part of the preparation process. In the Netherlands, for example, civil society was part of the process from the drafting stage to the co-signature of the final document. In the U.S., the Government organized multiple consultations with women°«s groups in different parts of the country. Furthermore, in the Republic of Korea, a drafting committee comprising civil society representatives has been established. If the Japanese Government insists on preparing a NAP without sufficient consultation with civil society, in particular with women°«s groups, there will not be sufficient civil society participation in the subsequent stages of implementation, monitoring and assessment of the NAP. Such a plan would not meet the intended purpose of Resolution 1325 to promote the participation of women in every level of decision-making related to peace and security.

We, the undersigned organization, request that the Japanese Government immediately consults with civil society regarding the preparation process so that civil organizations - in particular women°«s groups - will be able to participate and make meaningful contributions to the NAP. For this purpose, we further request that the Japanese Government ensures a transparent and inclusive preparation process, with sufficient consultation with civil society representatives. Finally, we request that it considers establishing a drafting committee comprising women°«s groups and networks, experts on women, peace and security, as well as civil organizations working on peace-building and security.

Action to Eliminate Gender Discriminatory Remarks by Public Officials
Alliance of Feminist Representatives° AFER°ň
All Solidarity Network for Resolution °»Comfort Women°… Issue
Asia-Japan Women°«s Resource Center (AJWRC)
Association for Gender Equality in Osaka
CARE International Japan
Development Education Association and Resource Center
Equality Action 21
Hachioji Women°«s Association
I Women°«s Council
Japan Accountability Caucus for the Beijing Conference
Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES)
Japan Network against Wartime Sexual Violence
Japan Network on Education for the advancement of Equality
Japan NGO Network for CEDAW (JNNC)
Japan International Volunteer Center(JVC)
Japan Action Resolution of the °»Comfort Women°… Issues
Jumma Net
Kansai NGO Council
Kobe International Christian Church
Korean Christian Church in Japan, National Church Women's Association
m-Net°ĹInformation Network for Amending the Civil Code
National Christian Council Japan, Women°«s Committee
North East Asia Information Center Hiroshima
Nagoya NGO Center
ODA Reform Net Kyushu
Okayama Communication Network of the World Conference on Women
Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence
Opening for Peace, Equality and Nexus (OPEN)
Oxfam Japan
Peace Boat
Study Group on Women and Imperial System
Ugoku/Ugokasu (GCAP Japan)
Violence Against Women in War Research Action Center
Women°«s Active Museum on War and Peace
Women's Democratic Journal Femin
Women°∆s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Japan
Women°«s Net for the Japanese Constitution

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