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On 21 October 2021, UN Women and partners facilitated the participation of a delegation of Afghan women to speak at a series of events and high-level meetings at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the sidelines of the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security. The delegation included parliamentarians, women’s rights advocates, journalists, civil society leaders, and researchers.
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As 2 billion people across the world struggle to survive in areas afflicted by armed conflict in the midst of a global pandemic, women – who are disproportionately affected by such strife and play a key role as mediators and peacebuilders –remain largely excluded from formal peace processes and post-conflict power structures, a new United Nations report on Women Peace and Security shows. The report, presented to the UN Security Council during today’s annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security that commemorated the 20th anniversary of its landmark resolution 1325, outlines five goals to realize inclusive and sustainable peace in the next decade.
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On 8 April 2019, Alaa Salah took to the streets in protest of the declining economic state of her country, just like thousands of other students and young people in Sudan. She had no idea that she would become the face of the Sudanese protest movement. By 11 April, the President of Sudan had been arrested, and a photo of Salah, standing atop a car in all white and leading a crowd in a chant, had gone viral.
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On the margins of the annual UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in New York, at a side event on 30 October, survivors, leaders and experts came together to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.
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Bajana Ceveli is the Executive Director of the Association for Women’s Security and Peace (AWSP) in Albania. Over the past three years, the Association, with the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, helped draft a National Action Plan (NAP) on UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, which was adopted in September 2018. Ms. Ceveli spoke to UN Women about her personal motivation and why the National Action Plan is important for women.
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On 27 October 2017, the UN Security Council will convene its annual Open Debate on Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. UN Security Council resolution 1325 recognized for the first time in 2000, the role of gender equality and women’s leadership in international peace and security.
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Last year’s Open Debate had the highest number of participating speakers in the entire history of the Security Council. More than 180 political, financial, and institutional commitments were made in the course of the high-level review of 1325, and a new resolution of the Security Council, resolution 2242.This resolution cannot be ignored. These commitments must not be simply plans on paper.
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“The definite link between investing in women and generating a society that will make and find peace…”—Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the high-level meeting on “Global Leadership – Local Partnerships: Women’s Leadership and Gender Perspectives on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism”.
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The League of Arab States and UN Women concluded the first ministerial conference on “Women and Achieving Peace and Security in the Arab Region” on Monday, 5 September.
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On the sidelines of its Executive Board second regular session, UN Women today organized a panel discussion with members of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, established in February this year and composed of 12 independent Syrian civil society representatives from diverse backgrounds. At the event, representatives of the Women’s Advisory Board shared their experience in and contributions to exploring solutions for lasting peace.
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As extremist groups seize control of territories, women have been forced or coerced into joining them. “Women and Violent Radicalization in Jordan,” a new report published by UN Women, reveals how radicalism is impacting women in Jordan and how empowering women is key to preventing the spread of extremist ideologies.
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Timor-Leste has approved a National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security for 2016-2020, becoming the third country in Southeast Asia to adopt such a plan based on a UN Security Council resolution.
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iKNOW Politics, an interactive online network of women in politics who share experiences, resources, advice and collaborate on issues of interest, has launched an e-discussion on United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on women peace and security in the Arab region.
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UN Women welcomes the historic adoption of the first Security Council resolution on youth, peace and security. The resolution, spearheaded by Jordan, and adopted unanimously by Council members on 9 December, recognizes for the first time that youth’s vulnerabilities and experiences of conflict must be differentiated, as must the contribution of both young men and women to lasting peace and security, in particular through the prevention of conflict and sustainable peacebuilding.
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Julienne Lusenge is Director of the Fund for Congolese Women (FFC) and President of SOFEPADI in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she says “violence is a part of daily life”. In October 2015, she spoke about gender-based violence in conflict at the UN Security Council's Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security. Ms. Lusenge later met with officials from UN Women to discuss the challenges and discrimination endured by Congolese women.
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Address by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the "Men on the Stand: Men's roles in implementing UN Security Council resolution 1325” event in New York on 28 October.
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Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the launch of the Global Study on UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, held in New York on 14 October.
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UN Women welcomes the landmark Security Council resolution adopted on 13 October during the High Level Review on the 15th anniversary of resolution 1325. Resolution 2242 (2015), the eighth resolution on women, peace and security to date, places the women, peace and security agenda as a central component of our efforts to address the challenges of the current global context, including rising violent extremism, climate change, and unprecedented numbers of displaced people. The resolution makes clear the substantive links between women’s participation and sustainable peace and security; and provides an extraordinary new tool for all actors to further implement this agenda and the objectives of the Security Council.
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For the anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for the "full strength of our collective action and political courage of the leaders of the international community."
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Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Open Debate on women, peace and security on 13 October 2015.