chapter
Introduction
WithLouise Olsson, Torunn L. Tryggestad
Pages 8

On 31 October 2000 the United Nations (UN) Security Council adopted Resolution 1325, which recognized the urgent need to mainstream gender perspectives 1 into peacekeeping operations, the importance of specialized gender training and the need to understand the impact of armed conflict on women and girls. This was the first time in the UN's history that the Security Council formally decided on a gender issue. Moreover, in a statement made on International Women's Day, 8 March 2000, members of the Security Council recognized that peace was inextricably linked with equality between women and men. They then went on to affirm that equal access to and full participation of women in power structures and their full involvement in all efforts for the prevention and resolution of conflicts were essential for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security. 2