An introduction to Resolution 1325
This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book systematically explores the implementation of key gender policies in international peace and security. On October 31 2000, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1325, the first thematic resolution on Women, Peace and Security. The book aims to connect to key trends and both systematic empirical research and more fact-based policy decision making. While measurement of progress and impact may be central, the contents of the resolution, particularly regarding the themes of participation, protection and gender mainstreaming, contain highly contested elements. During reconstruction, national policy processes, such as, budgeting and formation of police forces, should incorporate gender mainstreaming mechanisms and adjust government expenditures and practices to promote gender equality. The restructuring of the security sector during the post-conflict period is one of the key aspects of post-conflict reconstruction and a crucial moment for promoting gender equality and introducing gender balancing policies.