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Source: Government of Sweden

Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs


The Government decided on 12 March to task the Folke Bernadotte Academy with initiating the preparatory work to establish a scholarship aimed at supporting UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security in 2021. The scholarship will be established in memory of Zaida Catalán, who had served abroad for the Folke Bernadotte Academy as a gender expert.

UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security was adopted in 2000 – twenty years ago this year. Resolution 1325 and subsequent resolutions state that women’s participation in the prevention, management and resolution of conflict is crucial for durable peace and security. The resolutions also highlight the need to better protect women and girls from violence and the impacts of conflict. The scholarship aims to recognise people who are engaged in issues concerning women’s participation in conflict resolution.

“Zaida Catalán was a dedicated and engaged UN worker when she was murdered. Her mission involved combating violence against children and women. By giving more people an opportunity to work in support of the UN resolution on women, peace and security, we are honouring her efforts and strengthening Sweden’s work on this important issue,” says Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson.

The Folke Bernadotte Academy is Sweden’s expert agency for the implementation of resolution 1325 and is mandated to undertake initiatives to strengthen implementation of the agenda for women, peace and security. The agency has received a special assignment to highlight the 20th anniversary of resolution 1325 this year.

Zaida Catalán

Zaida Catalán was committed to women, peace and security issues and was involved in peace operations as a gender and humanitarian expert. In 2017, she was a member of the Group of Experts working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, mandated by the UN Security Council. She and her colleague, Michael Sharp, were murdered while on this mission. She had previously been on secondment from the Folke Bernadotte Academy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan and Palestine.

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