Linking the Networks – Enhancing Social Media Strategies to Advance UNSCR 1325 in Asia

Social media serves as a gateway to crucial information and communication processes when it comes to strengthening advocacy work around UNSCR 1325 advancement. However, much still needs to be investigated as to how existing social media structures can be harnessed for its major potential. Despite of existing barriers to access, women still push forth in including these newer technological developments in their work.
Research arising from long-time feminists and young women peace advocates, this research is a collaborative project of JERA International (Australia); Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW) and Isis International. Support was received from AusAID and Global Fund for Women to bring young women advocates to regional and international for a to share this work.
This research paper investigates how social media can be used to advance UNSCR 1325 in the context of conflict affected countries in Asia. Social media and peace activists from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Nepal, Myanmaar, Indonesia and Cambodia came together in an action research workshop to participate in this innovative and ground breaking research.
The results of this research and the video made about it were presented at CSW 58th Session in New York.