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Source: United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
27 July 2005



Charter of Principles
Adopted 27 July 2005, Istanbul

The International Women’s Commission (IWC) brings together Palestinian, Israeli and international women dedicated to an end of the Israeli occupation and a just peace based on international law [including relevant UN resolutions], human rights and equality.  The IWC aims to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through immediate final status negotiations leading to a viable sovereign Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel on the June 4, 1967 borders. The IWC works for an ongoing and comprehensive reconciliation in order to realize a mutually secure and sustainable peace and co-existence. 

The IWC is a coalition of Palestinian, Israeli and international women who recognize the urgent need to achieve a meaningful peace between Israelis and Palestinians and feel a shared commitment to accomplish this goal. Participation in the IWC is grounded in mutual respect for diversity and the rights and dignity of all parties.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and other international conventions and instruments call upon state parties to ensure increased representation of women at all decision-making levels for the prevention, management and resolution of conflict.  In accord with this resolution, the absence of Palestinian and Israeli women from the decision-making processes and official negotiations must be rectified. Women from all ethnic and national communities must be full partners in the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, not only on the basis of principle, as re-affirmed by  Resolution 1325, but also on the basis of the significant contributions made by Palestinian and Israeli women over the years in developing alternative models of political dialogue and engaging in peace-making efforts.

Mission

The goals of the IWC are to:

The immediate objectives of the IWC are to: Implementation

To achieve these aims, the IWC will:


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