UN / WOMEN PEACE SECURITY

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UN Women Executive Director Sima Sami Bahous told the Security Council, “The status of women is under siege. Aspects of technology, such as social media, have roles in sharing vital information and rallying support – and also in causing further harm through spreading disinformation and fostering violent misogyny.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 07 MARCH 2023, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

07 MARCH 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“We must recall that we have neither significantly changed the composition of peace tables, nor the impunity enjoyed by those who commit atrocities against women and girls.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“The status of women is under siege. Aspects of technology, such as social media, have roles in sharing vital information and rallying support – and also in causing further harm through spreading disinformation and fostering violent misogyny. It is critical that governments and private companies work together to foster technology as an enabler and accelerator of progress.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“We also just passed the one-year mark since the start of the invasion of Ukraine and the largest refugee crisis in Europe since World War Two. Women and their children are 90 per cent of the nearly 8 million Ukrainians that have been forced to move to other countries. Similarly, women and girls are 68 per cent of the millions displaced within Ukraine. Peace is the only answer, with women’s engagement in the process.”
8.Wide shot, Security Council
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“I ask that your plans be remarkable for their special measures and accountability for their application: that they be characterized by mandates, conditions, quotas, funding earmarks, incentives, and consequences for non-compliance. To transform the way we do peace and security will take more than exhortations and consultations in the margins.”
10.Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross:
“Everyday, the International Committee of the Red Cross bears witness to the vital role that women play to protect and lead their families and societies. For instance, in the mobilization and search for the missing relatives. The ICRC is also acutely aware that the humanitarian responses that fail to take gender inequality into account are likely to reinforce gender-based discrimination and other forms.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13.SOUNDBITE (English) Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross:
“The States must ensure that the clear prohibition of sexual violence under international humanitarian law is integrated international law, military doctrine and training.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
15.SOUNDBITE (English) Bineta Diop, Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission:
“We need to do more, especially by preventing violation and supporting victims to rebuild better through socio-economic, and psychological programme. We urgently need measures to ending impunity and holding perpetrators into account.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
17.SOUNDBITE (English) Leymah R. Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate:
“Every stakeholder globally should see women peace and security as a holistic part of the global peace and security agenda in all its shape and form. We will continue to search for peace in vain in our world unless we bring women to the table. I firmly believe that trying to work for global peace and security minus women is trying to see the whole picture with your one eye covered.”
18. Wide shot, Security Council
19. Wide shot, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield arriving at the stakeout
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States of America:
“For the past 12 months has been an unending assault on women and girls. And we must step up and we must speak out.”
21. Wide shot, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at the stakeout
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States of America:
“An issue at this scale requires international cooperation. At the UN and especially at the Commission on the Status of Women, we have an obligation to advance gender equality in both physical as well as in the digital world.”
23. Wide shot, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield leaving the stakeout

STORYLINE:

Though historic firsts for gender equality have been made in the first twenty years since the Security Council adopted resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, “we must recall that we have neither significantly changed the composition of peace tables, nor the impunity enjoyed by those who commit atrocities against women and girls,” said UN Women Executive Director Sima Sami Bahous.


UN Women Executive Director Sima Sami Bahous today (07 Mar) spoke at a Security Council meeting on Women, Peace and Security.

She recalled her recent trip to Afghanistan only a few weeks ago. Since then, the Taliban have announced more restrictions and detained more activists, including women’s rights defender Narges Sadat and Ismail Meshaal, a university professor who bravely showed his solidarity with Afghan women and their right to education.

Bahous also mentioned that sexual violence had been committed at a staggering scale in Ethiopia. Child marriage increased by 51 per cent in one year of conflict. And local health centres, aid organizations, and human rights groups continue to report cases of sexual violence.

She said, “the status of women is under siege. Aspects of technology, such as social media, have roles in sharing vital information and rallying support – and also in causing further harm through spreading disinformation and fostering violent misogyny.”

The UN Women chief reiterated, “it is critical that governments and private companies work together to foster technology as an enabler and accelerator of progress.”

Bahous also said, “we also just passed the one-year mark since the start of the invasion of Ukraine and the largest refugee crisis in Europe since World War Two.”

She added, “Women and their children are 90 per cent of the nearly 8 million Ukrainians that have been forced to move to other countries. Similarly, women and girls are 68 per cent of the millions displaced within Ukraine. Peace is the only answer, with women’s engagement in the process.”

The UN Women chief said that we cannot expect 2025 to be any different if the bulk of our interventions continue to be trainings, sensitization, guidance, capacity building, setting up networks, and holding one event after another to talk about women’s participation, rather than mandating it in every meeting and decision-making process in which we have authority.

She said, “I ask that your plans be remarkable for their special measures and accountability for their application: that they be characterized by mandates, conditions, quotas, funding earmarks, incentives, and consequences for non-compliance. To transform the way we do peace and security will take more than exhortations and consultations in the margins.”

Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross also spoke at the meeting.

She said, “Everyday, the International Committee of the Red Cross bears witness to the vital role that women play to protect and lead their families and societies. For instance, in the mobilization and search for the missing relatives.”

Egger added, “The ICRC is also acutely aware that the humanitarian responses that fail to take gender inequality into account are likely to reinforce gender-based discrimination and other forms.”

She reiterated, “The States must ensure that the clear prohibition of sexual violence under international humanitarian law is integrated international law, military doctrine and training.”

Bineta Diop, Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission spoke to the Council via a video link.

She said, “We need to do more, especially by preventing violation and supporting victims to rebuild better through socio-economic, and psychological programme. We urgently need measures to ending impunity and holding perpetrators into account.”

Leymah R. Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate told the Council that “every stakeholder globally should see women peace and security as a holistic part of the global peace and security agenda in all its shape and form. We will continue to search for peace in vain in our world unless we bring women to the table.”

She added, “I firmly believe that trying to work for global peace and security minus women is trying to see the whole picture with your one eye covered.”

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield spoke to the reporters after the meeting.

She said, “For the past 12 months has been an unending assault on women and girls. And we must step up and we must speak out.”

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield said, “An issue at this scale requires international cooperation. At the UN and especially at the Commission on the Status of Women, we have an obligation to advance gender equality in both physical as well as in the digital world.”

Closing the major gender gap in innovation and technology is the focus of the 67th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which opened at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday (06 Mar).

Over the next two weeks, participants from across the world – including representatives from governments, the UN, civil society and youth groups, as well as activists - will examine how gender equality, empowerment and sustainable development can be achieved in the digital era.

The meeting, known as CSW67, will also highlight online violence and other dangers women and girls face, as well as the need for quality education in the information age.
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