Women’s participation, leadership crucial to peace processes: UN

UNITED NATIONS, (PNA/APP) — The U.N. Security Council has called on the international community to strengthen its commitment to ensuring that women play a more prominent role in conflict prevention, resolution and in post-war peacebuilding. ce in conflict and post-conflict settings.

“I welcome your call for concrete actions to not only increase the number of women in peace-making, but crucially to improve the way gender issues are addressed by peace and security institutions, including the Council itself,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he opened the council’s day-long debate on “Women, Rule of Law and Transitional Justice.”

“Women’s participation in peace efforts is a matter of gender equality and universal human rights—and crucial to achieving sustainable peace, economic recovery, social cohesion and political legitimacy,” Ban said.

“Today’s resolution makes that point loud and clear.”

The open debate, which is held annually, provides an opportunity for the wider UN membership to reflect on the progress made, and accelerate action on implementation of the Security Council Resolution 1325, adopted in 2000, which requires parties in a conflict to respect women’s rights and support their participation in peace negotiations and in post-conflict reconstruction.