Economic empowerment of women integral to effective post-conflict activities

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Judy Cheng-Hopkins

Member States of the UN Peacebuilding Commission have adopted a declaration recognizing that economic empowerment of women is integral to the effectiveness of post-conflict economic activities, economic growth, and leads to improved recovery policies, and sustainable development.

The Declaration calls for: Integrating a gender perspective in post-conflict economic recovery decisions; Taking measures to promote sustainable livelihoods and incomes for households headed by women, especially widows, including through financial support and access to productive resources; Assisting post-conflict countries to create conditions that generate decent jobs for women, nurtures their business skills, encourages them to join the workforce, and delivers the financial services that the women need, in formal and informal sectors.

Reiterating that women's economic empowerment relies on their political empowerment, Judy Cheng-Hopkins, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support said "When women occupy a minimum critical mass – 30% at least – of parliament seats, they have a chance to enact legislation that favours women, such as ensuring women have equal access to land and productive assets, that wives and daughters can inherit property, and that women can safely access public spaces and work outside their homes.

The High-Level Ministerial event brought together over 25 ministers of the Member States of the UN Peacebuilding Commission.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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