Lasting peace

Security Council told more women needed in negotiations

United Nation's Women's Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, head of UN Women, addressed a security council meeting on Tuesday, criticizing them for the lack of women during peace negotiations — fifteen years after a UN resolution which called for including women in decision-making positions at all levels of peacemaking and peacebuilding. Women, she said, are “perhaps the most underutilised tool we have for successfully building peace,” quoting a global study which found that the number of women included in peace talks is still symbolic or low, while their participation “ensured the inclusion of community needs, improved humanitarian assistance, contributed to the conclusion of peace talks and enhanced economic recovery after conflict.” Her call was joined by Alaa Murabit, head of the Voice of Libyan Women and Julienne Lusenge, head of a coalition of women’s organizations in Congo, who both made the argument that there would be no lasting peace without the participation of women.

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