8649th Security Council Meeting: Women, Peace, and Security - Resumed

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Speakers call for accelerated progress in women, peace, security agenda, as Security Council concludes debate at 8649th resumed meeting.

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More than 35 speakers today continued the call for accelerated progress towards women’s empowerment in conflict situations, as the Security Council concluded its open debate from last week on the women, peace and security agenda.

That 29 October meeting had started with several briefings, from United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres, as well as from the head of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN‑Women), the African Union Chairperson’s Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, and leaders of civil society organizations representing African women. It also saw the adoption of resolution 2492 (2019), which called for renewed commitment to the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000). (For background, see Press Release SC/13998.)

Today, delegations, noting the approaching twentieth anniversary of the landmark resolution 1325 (2000), urged that progress at the international policy level be followed up by improvement of the situation on the ground and parity between the genders in staffing, echoing themes of the debate that began in that earlier meeting.

“The time to act is now”, the representative of the Czech Republic affirmed, noting the upcoming anniversary of the resolution. To accelerate progress, it was critical to ensure the physical security of women politicians, civic leaders and human rights defenders. Along with many other speakers in the debate, she also emphasized the importance of concrete progress in sexual and reproductive rights and she urged all States that have not yet done so to join the more than 80 Member States that operationalized national action plans for the resolution 1325 (2000) agenda.

Many speakers today also spoke of the need to ensure accountability for sexual violence in the context of conflict.

India’s representative, declaring “it is time to walk the talk” on the women, peace and security agenda, pointed out that violence perpetuated against women and girls by terrorists is rampant. Also highlighting the subjugation of women in public and private spheres in conflict zones, she said there must be more effective integration of women, peace and security considerations into sanctions regimes — including by listing terrorist entities involved in violence against women in armed conflicts.

Liechtenstein’s representative welcomed long‑delayed progress being made in that arena, with the 2019 conviction of the former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda on 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court. “It is a milestone verdict, with sexual violence crimes committed against men held to the same standards as those committed against women,” she said.

Mexico’s representative, along with others, emphasized the need for victim‑centred and comprehensive care to victims of sexual violence. He also noted he would have liked to see more progressive language in the resolution on the matter.

The representative of the Philippines, speaking for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), emphasized the importance of regional action in addition to national progress in protecting and empowering women. In that regard, she described the Women and Peace Registry, a compendium of female women leaders in the region with expertise in various aspects of peace processes.

Lebanon’s representative, pointing to recent protests in her country led by women to bring about a more democratic society with equal rights for all, stressed that women must empower themselves to become partners of men in all areas of life in order to realize the resolution 1325 (2000) agenda. “Only women will chart the destiny of women,” she said.

Also speaking today were representatives of Slovakia, Kenya, El Salvador, Fiji, Morocco, Croatia, Panama, Bangladesh, Romania, India, Greece, Djibouti, Montenegro, Estonia, Israel, Costa Rica, Iran, Spain, Ethiopia, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, Rwanda, Nepal, Malta, Sierra Leone, Ecuador, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Bahrain and Portugal.

Observers for the Holy See, State of Palestine and the League of Arab States also spoke.

The meeting began at 3 p.m. and ended at 5:55 p.m.

For further details please see:
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