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John F. Kerry, United States, Secretary of State & other leaders of the negotiating process

We, Women International League for Peace and Freedom, CODEPINK, MADRE, Nobel Women's Initiative, Kvinna till Kvinna and Karama, as organizations and individuals who work towards women’s human rights and gender equality, call on the leadership of the negotiating process to:

1. Uphold SCR 1325 by ensuring the direct participation of Syrian women’s leadership as a third party in the Geneva II peace negotiations

2. Provide the appropriate support Syrian women’s groups need to participate effectively

3. Ensure that all delegations involved in the negotiations have senior women mediators and gender experts

4. Provide an additional two seats for each delegation that is a direct party to the talks to be reserved for women

Signed,

CODEPINK: Women for Peace

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We are acutely aware of the need for peace talks on Syria to be convened as soon as possible. Geneva II is vital and important.

To date, Syrian women have not been included in the process, even...

We are acutely aware of the need for peace talks on Syria to be convened as soon as possible. Geneva II is vital and important.

To date, Syrian women have not been included in the process, even though they are active, prepared, and representative.

There is clear wording in the Geneva communication "that women must be fully represented in all aspects of the transition." Yet if the peace is dictated by the warring factions, the possibility of women's rights being accurately reflected in the transition is compromised.Women's participation starts in the process towards peace and must be maintained.

We urge governments to act decisively in demanding women's active participation in the process and a seat at the main table of negotiations.

We recall obligations under Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325, the UN General Assembly Resolution GA/65/283 (2011), and the Security Council Resolution 2044, which reaffirm the overarching importance of women's participation in peace-building, peace keeping and international security processes.

The international community must uphold these obligations and make them work in practice.

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