UN / WOMEN PEACE AND SECURITY

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Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council that “where wars rage, women suffer,” and said, “twenty-three years after this Council adopted resolution 1325, women’s participation should be a default, not an afterthought. But that is not the case.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 25 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

25 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Wide shot, Secretary-General António Guterres at the Council dais
4. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Where wars rage, women suffer. Where authoritarianism and insecurity reign, women and girls’ rights are threatened. We see this around the world: In Sudan and Haiti – women and girls brutalized and terrorized by sexual violence. In Afghanistan – the denial of women’s basic rights is wrecking lives and depriving people of life-saving assistance. And women and girls fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are at risk of being preyed on by traffickers and abusers. In the Middle East, women and girls are disproportionately affected by the ongoing violence, bloodshed, and displacement.”
5. Med shot, Guterres at the dais
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Twenty-three years after this Council adopted resolution 1325, women’s participation should be a default, not an afterthought. But that is not the case. Women are leading efforts on peace, justice, and rights around the world. But still, far too many women’s organizations struggle to fund their essential work, as military spending soars; Far too many perpetrators of sexual violence walk free; And far too many peace processes exclude women.”
7. Wide shot, Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“The Middle East is witnessing a dramatic escalation of violence. To date, more than 1,400 Israelis have been killed by the horrific attack by Hamas, many of whom are women and children, and an estimated 200 remain as hostages, many of whom are women. And Gaza has been under devastating, relentless bombardment, killing more than 6,000 people, a majority - 67 percent - of whom are women and children.”
9. Med shot, ICRC President Mirjana Spoljaric Egger at the dais
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC):
“Many violations against women go undocumented and continue to be considered an inevitable side effect of war. It is the reality of these women that must urgently be addressed. Women killed or injured from the reverberating effects of hostilities on health services. Women who suffered and survived sexual violence and those who did not survive. Women who are missing and whose families urgently seek news. Wounded and detained women combatants. Women recruited by armed groups and non-combatant roles.”
11. Wide shot, Council
12.Wide shot, ambassadors walk up to the Security Council stakeout podium
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Sérgio França Danese, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Brazil:
“Women are often excluded from military decision making, yet they are disproportionately affected by war. In the current context of exacerbated conflict, we continue to be appalled by the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence around the world. It is essential to increase prevention efforts and to hold perpetrators accountable and ensure survivors access to justice, as well as gender responsive medical, psychosocial and protection assistance. We further stress a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse.”
20. Pan right, ambassadors walk away

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (25 Oct) told the Security Council that “where wars rage, women suffer,” and said, “twenty-three years after this Council adopted resolution 1325, women’s participation should be a default, not an afterthought. But that is not the case.”

The Secretary-General said, “where authoritarianism and insecurity reign, women and girls’ rights are threatened. We see this around the world: In Sudan and Haiti – women and girls brutalized and terrorized by sexual violence. In Afghanistan – the denial of women’s basic rights is wrecking lives and depriving people of life-saving assistance. And women and girls fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are at risk of being preyed on by traffickers and abusers. In the Middle East, women and girls are disproportionately affected by the ongoing violence, bloodshed, and displacement.”

He said, “women are leading efforts on peace, justice, and rights around the world. But still, far too many women’s organizations struggle to fund their essential work, as military spending soars; Far too many perpetrators of sexual violence walk free; And far too many peace processes exclude women.”

The new UN Secretary-General report on women, peace, and security, issued annually coinciding with the UN Security Council Open Debate shows that more than 600 million women and girls lived in conflict-affected countries in 2022, a 50 percent increase since 2017. Civilians around the world need greater humanitarian aid than ever before—but countries are instead increasing military spending, which topped USD 2.2 trillion in 2022.

The Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Sami Bahous, told the Council that to date, “more than 1,400 Israelis have been killed by the horrific attack by Hamas, many of whom are women and children, and an estimated 200 remain as hostages, many of whom are women. And Gaza has been under devastating, relentless bombardment, killing more than 6,000 people, a majority - 67 percent - of whom are women and children.”

For her part, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, said, “many violations against women go undocumented and continue to be considered an inevitable side effect of war.

Spoljaric Egger said these violations, which include women killed or injured from the reverberating effects of hostilities on health services; women who suffered and survived sexual violence and those who did not survive; women who are missing and whose families urgently seek news; wounded and detained women combatants; and Women recruited by armed groups and non-combatant roles, “must urgently be addressed.”

Outside the Council, flanked by ambassadors from the Council non-permanent members, Brazil’s Ambassador Sérgio França Danese said, “women are often excluded from military decision making, yet they are disproportionately affected by war. In the current context of exacerbated conflict, we continue to be appalled by the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence around the world. It is essential to increase prevention efforts and to hold perpetrators accountable and ensure survivors access to justice, as well as gender responsive medical, psychosocial and protection assistance. We further stress a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse.”

The Secretary-General’s report puts a spotlight on the global security humanitarian situation, which has become grimmer, with a disparate impact on women and girls. In Afghanistan, for example, the Taliban have issued more than 50 edicts to suppress women’s and girls’ rights; and when fighting broke out earlier this year in Sudan, widespread sexual violence returned to Darfur, reminiscent of the conflict in the region two decades ago. Further, the report shares a picture of decline in several countries for women to participate in decision-making on peace and security. Events of political violence targeting women increased by 50 percent in conflict-affected countries between 2020 and 2022.
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