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Organization: Women's UN Report Network, WUNRN
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

The Women's UN Report Network is based on the UN Study on the Status of Women and Freedom of Religion or Belief and Traditions. This is the only official United Nations document, that addresses this important nexus. WUNRN is a website, programs, and daily ListServe, that goes throughout the world from grass roots organizations to high ranking United Nations and government participants. WUNRN offers reference materials, news releases, research, resource documents as a free and independent media for multidimentional issues of the rights of women and girls, and including relating to peace. Examples are abuse of women and girls by peacekeeping forces, and rights of women to participate in the peace process. WUNRN also networks closely with Women's International League for Peace & Freedom and WILPF PeaceWomen, and both are part of WUNRN.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

Patriarchy and male power, money, government control, and military domination, still rule the world. Women have yet to realize the goals of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and CEDAW. With the strength of the UN Study and the multinational dialogue and actions, WUNRN brings forward the issues of women and peace and tries to build bridges in creating new entry points and discourse on women's rights and including in the peace process, whether on the global issues of war or community issues of peace and harmony. A major challenge is when religious and tradition law, customs, traditions, come into conflict with international law and universal women's and girls' human rights. WUNRN works on this daily, and is considered the most active Gender ListServe in the world. Further, WUNRN participates on the United Nations level as at the UN Commission on the Status of Women and the UN Human Rights Commission.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

WUNRN continues to build out website references and very much relating to peace through human rights for women and girls, and with men and boys. We believe in equality for all persons. WUNRN daily posts ListServe articles relating to peace and relationship to women and girls. WUNRN has conducted Workshops at the UN, and in India and Pakistan. In India, the WUNRN Workshop focused on Widows, and very much on Widows of Conflict. In Pakistan, the WUNRN Workshop was with Social Harmony & Development Organization, women and men working in Punjab for peace and human rights. WUNRN's mandate is to include all six sectors:  Human Rights NGO's, Women's NGO's, Academia, Government, Religions & Associations, and Civil Society.
Additional WUNRN Workshops and actions are scheduled around the world as in Korea, Thailand, Europe. WUNRN networks regularly with programs trying to include women and girls in the peace process, to increase participation, empowerment, strategies, and successful outcomes.



WUNRN-SHADO WORKSHOP ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF RELIGION & TRADITIONS  

At the WUNRN-SHADO Workshop in Pakistan, ALL SIX WUNRN SECTORS WERE REPRESENTED:

*Women's NGO's
*Human Rights NGO's
*Academia, including students
*Religions & Institutions
*Government
*Civil Society, including business and professional associations

SHADO-Social Harmony & Development Organization-Pakistan- http://www.shado.org.pk



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INDIA WOMEN'S UNITED NATIONS REPORT NETWORK (WUNRN) WORKSHOP
"Role of Conflict Widows in Healing A Hurting World"
Guild of Service,  November 29-December 1, 2004,  India International Centre, New Delhi, India
Guild of Service is part of WUNRN.
http://www.guildofserviceni.org

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

The Women's UN Report Network hopes that more monitoring and accountability can be built into United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. WUNRN wishes respect and dignity for women and girls to be enforced in the UN PeaceKeeping forces. WUNRN hopes that human rights will supersede politics at the United Nations. WUNRN would hope to see tolerance, understaning, and peace more in all dimensions of the UN system, with more egalitarian presence for all.

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

The Women's UN Report Network website shows some participating organizations in the WUNRN Anthology. Our daily WUNRN ListServe reaches thousands on a global level. Just a few examples of the expanded networks of WUNRN are with the European Women's Lobby, AWID - Association of Women's Rights in Development, Network of East-West Women, UN NGO Committees on the Status of Women in Geneva and New York, Amnesty International, Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, and Femmes Africa Solidarite.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

WUNRN will continue, in the Decade for a Culture of Peace, build our website as a trusted, authentic resource, build on te UN Study focus of WUNRN, the only UN Study on the Status of Women and Freedom of Religion or Belief and Traditions. We will continue to expand the possibilities of the UN Study in leverage for human rights and peace. We will conduct WUNRN Seminars and Workshops with peace as a major component.

Postal address of organization

WUNRN
3101 Dean Court
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416 USA

E-mail address of organization

mosie@infionline.net

Website address of organization

http://www.wunrn.com

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Equality between women and men

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Respect for all human rights

Highest priority country of action (or international)

International

Second priority country of action (or international)

International
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