More women are needed in decision making bodies

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Michelle Bachelet

The Security Council has been urged to support increased numbers of women in leadership positions.

The appeal came from Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women, an agency working for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Ms. Bachelet said that elections are the key means for more women to enter public office and for bringing women's issues into policy debates.

She noted that in the five parliamentary elections held in countries with United Nations missions in 2011, there were either small declines or just a modest increase in the number of women elected.

"The result was an average of a low 10 percent of seats in parliament for women. Looking ahead, 10 elections in countries on the agenda of the Council are expected in 2012. To increase women's representation, temporary special measures such as positive action, preferential treatment and quota systems are required as recommended in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women."

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The Security Council met on Tuesday to discuss Women, Peace and Security.

Ms. Bachelet described women's participation in all the institutions of government as "perhaps the greatest resource on offer to promote peaceful and inclusive transitions".

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