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Syrian women have been briefing the Security Council ahead of talks scheduled to take place in Switzerland next week aimed at finding a solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria.
Ambassador Sylvie Lucas, the Permanent Representative of Luxembourg, a non-permanent member of the Council, told reporters that the women spoke about the challenges they face inside and outside Syria.
She said the they also engaged with Council members on how to ensure women's full and equal participation in the Syrian peace process.
"And this is not limited to now the Geneva talks of next week but beyond and as it was just stressed. Women's perspective need to be represented in conflict prevention, resolution, protection and peace building. Women need to be fully and equally involved in peace negotiations. We strongly believe that an active participation of women in this process will help facilitate an inclusive sustainable political settlement" (28")
Ambassador Lucas says the Security Council was also reminded of the humanitarian tragedy in Syria and terrible price paid, in particular, by women and children.
Some 38,000 cases of sexual and gender-based violence were reported last year alone to United Nations and humanitarian agencies.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.