Women Necessary For Peace, Progress, Yet Still No Equality In Peace Negotiations, U.N. Women Head Says; U.K. Announces Guidance To Protect Women Peace Builders

AP: U.N.: After 20 years, no equality for women in peace talks
“The head of the U.N. agency promoting gender equality told the 20th anniversary commemoration of a resolution demanding equal participation for women in peace negotiations that its implementation has failed, declaring Thursday that women still remain ‘systematically excluded’ from talks to end conflicts where men make decisions affecting their lives…” (Lederer, 10/29).

Devex: FCDO announces guidance to protect women peace builders
“The U.K. government has announced what it says is the first international guidance developed to protect female peace builders, as the world approaches the 20th anniversary of the landmark United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 — which stressed the importance of women in conflict prevention…” (Worley, 10/30).

The Guardian: Russia makes bid to water down U.N. commitments on women’s rights in conflict
“Russia has introduced a new U.N. Security Council resolution that could threaten the rights of women in conflict by attempting to water down previously agreed commitments on human rights…” (Ford, 10/29).

U.N. News: Guterres to Security Council: Women leaders ‘essential to peace and progress for all’
“Women continue to be under-represented in key decision-making over the battle against COVID-19, the chief of the U.N. gender empowerment agency said on Thursday, addressing the Security Council, adding that the situation is even ‘worse for women in conflict areas.’ ‘In war zones and everywhere in the world,’ individuals are ‘calling for inclusion and representation, which is one of the main reasons why so many ordinary people are taking to the streets, organizing protest, and raising their voices,’ U.N. Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka emphasized to the 15-member body…” (10/29).

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