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The United Nations’ Secretary-General, António Guterres, told the Security Council that, despite the institutional advancements on the issue of women, peace and security, “the situation is going backwards” on the ground. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 15 JUNE 2022, NEW YORK CITY, FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Med shot, UN flag, UN Headquarters, exterior

15 JUNE 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Gender equality offers a path to sustainable peace and conflict prevention, and yet we are moving in the opposite direction. Today’s conflicts are amplifying gender inequality, poverty, climate disruptions, and inequalities. Women and girls are affected differently and disproportionately by the violence, and by the long-term social and economic impacts of these cascading crises.”
4. Close up, Security Council president
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Millions of girls are out of school, with no prospect of training, a job, or financial independence. Rising numbers of women and girls are suffering from violence in the home. In some countries, extremists and military actors have taken power by force, cancelling previous commitments on gender equality and persecuting women for simply going about their daily lives. Around the world, the recent shift away from inclusive politics shows once again that misogyny and authoritarianism are mutually reinforcing, and are antithetical to stable, prosperous societies.”
6. Med shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I issue regular reports; this Council has passed several resolutions. But on the ground, the situation is going backwards. The reason is simple. Women’s equality is a question of power. Today’s political deadlocks and entrenched conflicts are just the latest examples of how enduring power imbalances and patriarchy are continuing to fail us.”
8. Med shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“These inter-related facts hold us all back from achieving our aspirations. And women and girls are bearing the brunt of descents into conflict or Coups. This cannot continue. It is contrary to everything that has been committed in these very chambers, starting with resolution 1325. It is contrary to our collective promise of Agenda 2030 and a more sustainable and peaceful future.”
10. Close up, Security Council president
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Helga Maria Schmid, Secretary-General, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE):
“We’re living through extremely challenging times. Russia’s war on Ukraine is having a devastating impact on innocent civilians and infrastructure and is in direct contradiction with the core principles that underpin the European and global security order. Women and girls have been the victims of rape and are in higher risk of trafficking and violence. The consequences of the war in Ukraine are also threatening food and energy security.”
12. Med shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Bineta Diop, Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission:
“We know through research that gender inequality is the number one predictor of peace and that full participation of all citizens, both men and women, is the best way to build sustainable democracies, reduce conflict and achieve development.”
14. Med shot, split screen with briefers
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Stella Ronner-Grubačić, Ambassador for Gender and Diversity, European Union:
“We are currently standing at a crossroads with different directions to choose. I see we have two options. We can continue on the road of more talk than action. Or, we can agree to accelerate our action, including in times of immediate crisis and unlawful takeover of countries, to guarantee women's participation in all our diplomacy and political dialogue.”
16. Med shot, Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, Assistant Secretary-General, Head of Social Affairs Sector. League of Arab States:
“Twenty-one years down the line, the Arab region is still witnessing crises and conflicts and women’s potential to build peace remains untapped in the region. Sporadic progress has been seen. To pursue an end to the conflicts, calls are being made for the de-escalation of conflicts and for women’s equal and meaningful participation in their peaceful resolution.”
18. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

The United Nations’ Secretary-General, António Guterres, told the Security Council that, despite the institutional advancements on the issue of women, peace and security, “the situation is going backwards” on the ground.

Addressing the Council on Wednesday (15 June), the UN chief said that “the reason is simple.”

“Women’s equality is a question of power. Today’s political deadlocks and entrenched conflicts are just the latest examples of how enduring power imbalances and patriarchy are continuing to fail us”, Guterres said.

The Secretary-General believes that “gender equality offers a path to sustainable peace and conflict prevention, and yet we are moving in the opposite direction.”

According to Guterres, today’s conflicts “are amplifying gender inequality, poverty, climate disruptions, and inequalities.” For him, “women and girls are affected differently and disproportionately by the violence, and by the long-term social and economic impacts of these cascading crises.”

The UN chief told Council members that “millions of girls are out of school, with no prospect of training, a job, or financial independence.”

On top of that, Guterres noted, rising numbers of women and girls are suffering from violence in the home and, in some countries, “extremists and military actors have taken power by force, cancelling previous commitments on gender equality and persecuting women for simply going about their daily lives.”

The Secretary-General also said that “around the world, the recent shift away from inclusive politics shows once again that misogyny and authoritarianism are mutually reinforcing, and are antithetical to stable, prosperous societies.”
The Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Sami Bahous, said that “women and girls are bearing the brunt of descents into conflict or coups.”

“This cannot continue. It is contrary to everything that has been committed in these very chambers, starting with resolution 1325. It is contrary to our collective promise of Agenda 2030 and a more sustainable and peaceful future”, Bahous said.

The Secretary-General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Helga Maria Schmid, told the Council the world is “living through extremely challenging times” and highlighted Russia’s war on Ukraine, saying it “is having a devastating impact on innocent civilians and infrastructure and is in direct contradiction with the core principles that underpin the European and global security order.”

“Women and girls have been the victims of rape and are in higher risk of trafficking and violence. The consequences of the war in Ukraine are also threatening food and energy security,” Schmid said.

Bineta Diop, the Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, pointed to research showing “that gender inequality is the number one predictor of peace and that full participation of all citizens, both men and women, is the best way to build sustainable democracies, reduce conflict and achieve development.”

Representing the European Union, the Ambassador for Gender and Diversity, Stella Ronner-Grubačić, told Council members that the international community is “currently standing at a crossroads with different directions to choose.”

Ronner-Grubačić sees two options: continue on the road of more talk than action, or agree to accelerate action, including in times of immediate crisis and unlawful takeover of countries.

Also addressing the Council, the Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Social Affairs Sector at the League of Arab States, Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, noted that her region “is still witnessing crises and conflicts and women’s potential to build peace remains untapped in the region.”

Despite those challenges, Ghazaleh noted that “sporadic progress has been seen” and said that “calls are being made for the de-escalation of conflicts and for women’s equal and meaningful participation in their peaceful resolution.”
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