Women's empowerment undervalued in peacebuilding process

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Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson (center) at the 2015 Annual Session of Peacebuilding Commission. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Women's contributions to the peacebuilding process are still undervalued, according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General.

Jan Eliasson was addressing the High-Level Stakeholders meeting of the Peacebuilding Fund held in New York on Wednesday.

The fund currently supports more than 200 projects in 22 countries emerging from conflict.

Dianne Penn reports.

Mr Eliasson listed some of the lessons learned over the eight years that the Peacebuilding Fund has been in existence.

They include strengthening the political leadership in the nations the fund invests in, the value of political settlements and the need to empower women.

"We have learned that international assistance still undervalues women's empowerment. The Secretary-General has established a target that 15 per cent of all UN peacebuilding resources should focus on the empowerment of women. I regret to say that the Peacebuilding Fund is still failing to meet this figure. Through its gender promotion initiatives, the fund has implemented ad hoc measures so that countries requesting support receive a high priority."

The Deputy Secretary-General described peacebuilding as "a creative and demanding exercise" that should provide value for money and remain relevant.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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