UN Women chief says women's leadership central to conflict resolution

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

A Security Council resolution adopted on Friday puts women's leadership at the centre of all efforts to resolve conflict and promote peace, according to the head of UN Women.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the agency's Executive Director, was speaking during a Council meeting on women, rule of law and transitional justice in conflict-affected situations.

The resolution seeks to focus more attention on women's leadership and participation in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, and to address the lack of information on how armed conflict affects them.

"This resolution is about leadership of women and as peacemakers. This resolution puts the onus on all of us – the Security Council, the United Nations, regional organizations and Member States – to create the space and provide seats at the peace table for women."  (21″)

The UN Women chief said it was critical that the Security Council should have briefings on the specific impacts of conflict on women. But she added that women's inclusion alone is not enough, and that gender analysis must be used to identify how all peace-related decisions affect women's rights.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’30″

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