UN / WOMEN PEACE PROCESSES

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UN political chief Rosemary DiCarlo said women are essential to identifying “durable and inclusive political solutions that can lead to sustainable peace,” but stressed that “comprehensive, long-term efforts are needed from all stakeholders” to overcome the obstacles to their participation. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 08 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“We know, as Geraldine has said, that women are essential to identifying durable and inclusive political solutions that can lead to sustainable peace. Yet overcoming the obstacles to their participation – entrenched power politics, patriarchal attitudes and unequal social structures – has no quick fixes. Comprehensive, long-term efforts are needed from all stakeholders. The United Nations is committed to playing its part.”

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3. Wide shot, UN Flag outside headquarters

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“There is no substitute for having women at the table, but we have encountered obstacles even in the processes that the UN leads. To overcome them, we have created women’s advisory boards in Iraq, Syria and Yemen to ensure that women’s voices are taken into account. Members of the Syria advisory group are now sitting at the table in Syria’s Constitutional Committee, which includes 30 percent female membership.”

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5. Close up, UN Flag outside headquarters

08 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“In all these efforts, the UN works closely with partners in pursuit of our common objective of securing women’s participation. After all, it is clear, that more than 20 years since the adoption of resolution 1325, the hard work of influencing decision-makers, expanding community support for women’s participation, and overcoming structural obstacles, can only be done with the sustained political will, commitment and investment of us all.”

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7. Tilt up, UN headquarters exterior

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UN political chief Rosemary DiCarlo said women are essential to identifying “durable and inclusive political solutions that can lead to sustainable peace,” but stressed that “comprehensive, long-term efforts are needed from all stakeholders” to overcome the obstacles to their participation.

Speaking today (08 Mar) at a virtual Arria Formula meeting of the Security Council on ensuring the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in un-led peace processes, DiCarlo said far more remains to be done to realise the promise of the women, peace and security agenda, which was adopted by the Security Council in resolution 1325 some 21 years ago.

DiCarlo referenced a UN report which indicated that women are currently Heads of State or Government in 22 countries, and only 24.9 per cent of national parliamentarians are women. She said, at the current rate of progress, gender equality among Heads of State and Government will take another 130 years.

The UN political chief said women are essential to identifying durable and inclusive political solutions that can lead to sustainable peace, “yet overcoming the obstacles to their participation – entrenched power politics, patriarchal attitudes and unequal social structures – has no quick fixes.” She stressed that the United Nations was committed to playing its part and lead by example.

DiCarlo said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is committed to achieving gender parity among UN staff and has appointed women to serve in over 57 per cent of senior leadership posts in Special Political Missions, including the heads of mission in Afghanistan and Iraq. She underscored that the UN is committed to meaningful women's participation in peace processes led by the UN and has made significant progress in this area, but there is much more that needs to be done.

She added, “There is no substitute for having women at the table, but we have encountered obstacles even in the processes that the UN leads. To overcome them, we have created women’s advisory boards in Iraq, Syria and Yemen to ensure that women’s voices are taken into account. Members of the Syria advisory group are now sitting at the table in Syria’s Constitutional Committee, which includes 30 percent female membership.”

DiCarlo said women’s participation also continues to be a matter of acute concern in peace processes not led by the United Nations. She said the Afghanistan peace negotiations that began in September represent a significant step towards peace, regrettably however, women remain underrepresented in both negotiating teams. She said Afghan women are determined to maintain the rights they have gained, are eager to lead, and deserve the international community’s full support.
The political chief also underlined the need for funding to support women’s participation efforts. She said the UN’s Peacebuilding Fund has allocated 40 per cent of its annual total investments towards gender equality initiatives since 2018 which, in 2020, amounted to $69 million.

DiCarlo said, “In all these efforts, the UN works closely with partners in pursuit of our common objective of securing women’s participation. After all, it is clear, that more than 20 years since the adoption of resolution 1325, the hard work of influencing decision-makers, expanding community support for women’s participation, and overcoming structural obstacles, can only be done with the sustained political will, commitment and investment of us all.”
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