Amy Hillock displays the ICC library’s new copy of KWN’s 1325 Facts & Fables. Amy helped research and write the book while interning at KWN. She brought the ICC’s attention to the book this year during her internship there.
In 2011, KWN sought to revolutionize the way in which women’s organizations monitor, report on and advocate for the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Following its two under-read monitoring reports on UNSCR 1325’s implementation in Kosovo, KWN decided to write 1325 Facts & Fables, which uses both “facts” and “fables” to illustrate the
Resolution’s implementation in Kosovo in the last decade. As KWN Executive Director Igballe Rogova explained in the book’s introduction, “I want this publication to be seen not as a report, but more like something that makes you smile and say, ‘How can that happen?’”
Among the most recent promoters of 1325 Facts & Fables is NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security Mari Skåre. “I hope you realize the changes you have achieved in furthering women’s participation in peace and security through advocating with 1325,” Special Representative Skåre said during a meeting at KWN’s office on 17 April. She urged other NATO representatives present, including from the NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR) to read the book.
Then, on 25 April, a KWN delegation briefed the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security at the UN on KWN’s past and present advocacy for UNSCR 1325 implementation in Kosovo. This included KWN’s advocacy for justice for persons who suffered sexual violence during the war. KWN made copies of 1325 Facts & Fables available to Working Group members. The International Criminal Court in The Hague also recently ordered a copy of 1325 Facts & Fables for its permanent library.
Last year, the book reached leaders worldwide, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, European Parliamentarians and diverse women activists.
The book’s initial printing was financed by the Austrian Development Agency and since has been self-financed through the non-profitable sale of the book. You can download a free e-copy, or order a hard copy for €5 plus shipping by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.