Recognizing the important role that women have played in the Bougainville Peace Process.
Reflecting the BICWF &BWPF Village to Parliament 2003 Platform for Action; and the BWPF 2004 Caravans in Taake, Siorovi, Maatana, Sirovai, Oema, Arawa, Business Women Arawa, BICWF Buka and Piano, Buin the Women of Bougainville make this statement at the 2004 women taking action locally and globally workshops.
The women of Bougainville call upon the Autonomous Government of Bougainville to implement the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 with regard to the participation of Bougainville women, especially with regard to peace building and community development in the existing post-conflict situation of Bougainville. This resolution of 18 significant clauses ‘decides to remain actively seized of the matter’ and;
• 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
• Calls on all actors involved, when negotiating and implementing peace agreements, to adopt a gender perspective
• Urges all member states to increase their voluntary financial, technical and logistic support for gender-sensitive training efforts, including those undertaken by relevant funds and programs…
• 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 and post conflict
• 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 dependents…and to bear in mind the special needs of women and girls…
Bearing in mind the bi-lateral relationships that exist between Australia and PNG, and the South Pacific Forum and Melanesian Spearhead group, we call upon all Pacific states to actively promote and support UN Resolution 1325 (2000) adopted by the Security Council at its 4213th meeting.
To promote citizen education for good governance at all levels, the women of Bougainville call upon Papua New Guinea, as a matter of priority, to translate into ‘tok pisin’ the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights for printing and distribution throughout Papua New Guinea and Bougainville.
Recalling the Women Wise Up Conference Outcomes (February 2001) Appendix 1 Bougainville Resolution we note that, contrary to the United Nations and regional call for PNG to establish a Human Rights Commission, no office yet exists for the citizens of PNG.
To promote reconciliation among the people of Bougainville and for the protection of human rights; as enshrined in its Constitution: Part 11, provision 16, Human Rights Freedom; the women of Bougainville call for the immediate establishment of its own Human Rights Commission, for the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.