March 29, 2023

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The UN world says that women are the first to die in wars, but they are not remembered in peace efforts

Woman at the door of a destroyed maternity hospital in Mairupol – Photo: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP Photo

Since 2000, the UN Despite the adoption of the resolution, to protect women from armed conflicts and to include them in peace operations, they continue to be the first victims of wars and are less present at negotiating tables, they condemned this Tuesday (7) official representatives. Security Council of the United Nations.

Joined by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which began two weeks of meetings in New York yesterday to mark International Women’s Day.

In 20 years, “we have not substantially changed the structure of the peace negotiation table, nor have we changed the punishments for perpetrators of atrocities against women and youth,” UN Women’s Executive Director Sima Pahos lamented at the meeting.

The director cited Afghanistan as “one of the most extreme examples of the backlash in women’s rights” since the Taliban returned to power in August 2021, and added that “women and their children represent approximately 90% of the war in Ukraine. 8 million Ukrainians have had to flee the country.”

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield called on the international community to use the theme of the UN resolution “Women, Peace, Security’, which will mark 25 years in October 2025. The text reiterates ” The critical role of women in conflict prevention and resolution emphasizes the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in peace negotiations, maintaining and promoting peace and security”.

The diplomat criticized “violence and oppression against women and young people around the world” from Iran to Afghanistan, through parts of Ukraine occupied by Russia.

Marlene Schiappa, French representative, Secretary of State for Social and Solidarity Economy, said, “In any situation of conflict and crisis in countries such as Ukraine, Yemen, Somalia, women are particularly vulnerable, including being intentional targets, of sexual violence”.

“Only 28% of peace agreements contain resolutions on the place of women, and over the past 25 years, only 2% of mediators and 8% of negotiators have been women,” Marlin pointed out.

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