Investing in women peacebuilders is "best value for money": UN Women

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Spending billions of dollars on projects that often predominantly benefit men after conflicts has to change.

That's the message that was delivered by the head of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at a special event held at UN Headquarters on Wednesday.

The event on "Women, Everyday Peacebuilders" was organized by the UN Peacebuilding Commission and UN Women to provide a forum for women leaders to share their experiences.

In a video message to the event, Mrs. Mlambo-Ngcuka said that in her first year at the helm of UN Women, she has travelled to areas affected by conflict and met women who are peacebuilders.

"Investing in women's leadership is peacebuilding's best value for money. In the aftermath of conflict, billions of dollars are spent on projects that often predominantly benefit men. By contrast, grassroots women's leaders often work with very few resources and this has to change." (20")

Mrs. Mlambo-Ngcuka said women must also have the political space they need to influence peacemaking and peacebuilding.

She stressed the need for all those involved in security forces and agencies to ensure the protection of women peacebuilders so that they continue their critical work.

The head of UN Women said the targeting of women who speak up for their communities with threats and violence is unacceptable and must be urgently addressed.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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