UN passes new resolution on women’s role in peace processes

Liz Ford – Guardian – Thursday, 24 October 2013 (originally published 21 Oct)

Malian women sitting together at health center
Malian women at a refugee camp. The new resolution emphasises the need for more women to be involved in peace processes. Image: Joe Penney/Reuters

A new UN resolution to reiterate the importance of women’s involvement in conflict prevention, resolution and peace-building has been passed by the security council.

Resolution 2122, unanimously adopted on Friday, puts in place a roadmap for “a more systematic approach to the implementation of commitments on women, peace and security”. It highlights the critical importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment to international peace and security.

The resolution includes concrete measures on the development and deployment of technical expertise for peacekeeping missions and UN mediation teams supporting peace talks; improved access to information and analysis on the impact of conflict on women and women’s participation in conflict resolution in reports and briefings to the security council; and strengthens commitments to consult, as well as include, women in peace talks . . .

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