artfool new years eve 2012






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Mother was her whole life engaged in the struggle to increase and defend women's rights in society and in our private lives. Her last decades she devoted to fight for peace through Women’s league for peace and freedom (WILPF); the Gothenburg section where mother was a member, states that it is unique for WILPF to focus on women as agents in questions of peace and security.


After decades of international work women’s peace movements in the year 2000 managed to get the Security Council of the United Nations to accept resolution 1325 in which the Security Council is ”reaffirming the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building, and stressing the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, and the need to increase their role in decision-making with regard to conflict prevention and resolution”.


Resolution 1325 is an important document that should be implemented better by politicians and nations. Read it in full below.


Mother was a jurist and concentrated on making laws and other rules defend women’s and girl’s autonomy and our right to our own lives and own decisionmaking, and the right to our own bodies.


Today, on new years eve 2012 mother would have been 89 years old, an age she took for given that she would reach. But to her dismay she ”only” got 78 years. When I asked her what she had wanted to do if she had not got cancer, she answered: ”work for peace and WILPF”.

My painting project shown here is strictly speaking not about mother, as the aim is to increase my ability to make expressive faces on my clay sculptures. But a black and white photograph that I took 1989 of mother was a good starting point.


The painting on top is unfinished,

80x65 cm. The same applies to picture nr 3, a painting on brown paper. The four pictures in a row are 14x11 cm and are collages.


Maybe I turn the drawing to the left into a lino cut some day.

Resolution 1325 (2000)

Adopted by the Security Council at its 4213th meeting, on

31 October 2000 [and a little shortened by me]

The Security Council,

Expressing concern that civilians, particularly women and children, account

for the vast majority of those adversely affected by armed conflict, including as

refugees and internally displaced persons, and increasingly are targeted by

combatants and armed elements, and recognizing the consequent impact this has on

durable peace and reconciliation,

Reaffirming the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of

conflicts and in peace-building, and stressing the importance of their equal

participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion

of peace and security, and the need to increase their role in decision-making with

regard to conflict prevention and resolution,

Reaffirming also the need to implement fully international humanitarian and

human rights law that protects the rights of women and girls during and after


Emphasizing the need for all parties to ensure that mine clearance and mine

awareness programmes take into account the special needs of women and girls,

Recognizing the urgent need to mainstream a gender perspective into

peacekeeping operations, and in this regard noting the Windhoek Declaration and

the Namibia Plan of Action on Mainstreaming a Gender Perspective in

Multidimensional Peace Support Operations (S/2000/693),

Recognizing also the importance of the recommendation contained in the

statement of its President to the press of 8 March 2000 for specialized training for

all peacekeeping personnel on the protection, special needs and human rights of

women and children in conflict situations,

Recognizing that an understanding of the impact of armed conflict on women

and girls, effective institutional arrangements to guarantee their protection and full

participation in the peace process can significantly contribute to the maintenance

and promotion of international peace and security,

Noting the need to consolidate data on the impact of armed conflict on women

and girls,

1. Urges Member States to ensure increased representation of women at all

decision-making levels in national, regional and international institutions and

mechanisms for the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict;

2. Encourages the Secretary-General to implement his strategic plan of

action (A/49/587) calling for an increase in the participation of women at decisionmaking

levels in conflict resolution and peace processes;

3. Urges the Secretary-General to appoint more women as special

representatives and envoys to pursue good offices on his behalf, and in this regard

calls on Member States to provide candidates to the Secretary-General, for inclusion

in a regularly updated centralized roster;

4. Further urges the Secretary-General to seek to expand the role and

contribution of women in United Nations field-based operations, and especially

among military observers, civilian police, human rights and humanitarian personnel;

5. Expresses its willingness to incorporate a gender perspective into

peacekeeping operations, and urges the Secretary-General to ensure that, where

appropriate, field operations include a gender component;

6. Requests the Secretary-General to provide to Member States training

guidelines and materials on the protection, rights and the particular needs of women,

as well as on the importance of involving women in all peacekeeping and peacebuilding

measures, invites Member States to incorporate these elements as well as

HIV/AIDS awareness training into their national training programmes for military

and civilian police personnel in preparation for deployment, and further requests the

Secretary-General to ensure that civilian personnel of peacekeeping operations

receive similar training;

7. Urges Member States to increase their voluntary financial, technical and

logistical support for gender-sensitive training efforts, including those undertaken

by relevant funds and programmes, inter alia, the United Nations Fund for Women

and United Nations Children’s Fund, and by the Office of the United Nations High

Commissioner for Refugees and other relevant bodies;

8. Calls on all actors involved, when negotiating and implementing peace

agreements, to adopt a gender perspective, including, inter alia:

(a) The special needs of women and girls during repatriation and

resettlement and for rehabilitation, reintegration and post-conflict reconstruction;

(b) Measures that support local women’s peace initiatives and indigenous

processes for conflict resolution, and that involve women in all of the

implementation mechanisms of the peace agreements;

(c) Measures that ensure the protection of and respect for human rights of

women and girls, particularly as they relate to the constitution, the electoral system,

the police and the judiciary;

9. Calls upon all parties to armed conflict to respect fully international law

applicable to the rights and protection of women and girls, especially as civilians, in

particular the obligations applicable to them under the Geneva Conventions of 1949

and the Additional Protocols thereto of 1977, the Refugee Convention of 1951 and

the Protocol thereto of 1967, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of

Discrimination against Women of 1979 and the Optional Protocol thereto of 1999

and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989 and the two

Optional Protocols thereto of 25 May 2000, and to bear in mind the relevant

provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court;

10. Calls on all parties to armed conflict to take special measures to protect

women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of

sexual abuse, and all other forms of violence in situations of armed conflict;

11. Emphasizes the responsibility of all States to put an end to impunity and

to prosecute those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war

crimes including those relating to sexual and other violence against women and

girls, and in this regard stresses the need to exclude these crimes, where feasible

from amnesty provisions;

12. Calls upon all parties to armed conflict to respect the civilian and

humanitarian character of refugee camps and settlements, and to take into account

the particular needs of women and girls, including in their design, and recalls its

resolutions 1208 (1998) of 19 November 1998 and 1296 (2000) of 19 April 2000;

13. Encourages all those involved in the planning for disarmament,

demobilization and reintegration to consider the different needs of female and male

ex-combatants and to take into account the needs of their dependants;

14. Reaffirms its readiness, whenever measures are adopted under Article 41

of the Charter of the United Nations, to give consideration to their potential impact

on the civilian population, bearing in mind the special needs of women and girls, in

order to consider appropriate humanitarian exemptions;

15. Expresses its willingness to ensure that Security Council missions take

into account gender considerations and the rights of women, including through

consultation with local and international women’s groups;

16. Invites the Secretary-General to carry out a study on the impact of armed

conflict on women and girls, the role of women in peace-building and the gender

dimensions of peace processes and conflict resolution, and further invites him to

submit a report to the Security Council on the results of this study and to make this

available to all Member States of the United Nations;

17. Requests the Secretary-General, where appropriate, to include in his

reporting to the Security Council progress on gender mainstreaming throughout

peacekeeping missions and all other aspects relating to women and girls;

18. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.