The United Nations in Maldives and the UN Women Multi-Country Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka organized a workshop to discuss women’s participation and leadership in peace and security based on the principles of the historic UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Under the title “Women in Public Life: Better Participation for Sustainable Peace and Development”, the workshop included discussions by various stakeholders representing the government, independent institutions, civil society, and political parties.
UN Resident Coordinator in Maldives, Shoko Noda, said that changing public perceptions and attitudes would help break “glass ceilings” for women in the political sphere. “We all have the responsibility of promoting the importance of women’s participation in decision-making as it means greater national and international security,” Ms. Noda added.
Dr. Rebecca Reichmann Tavares, UN Women Representative for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka, emphasized the importance of women’s participation and leadership in conflict prevention, peacebuilding and in shaping responses to complex crises. “Women are powerful actors in preventing conflict, sustaining peace and building a culture of tolerance and inclusion. We must “step it up for gender equality” with concrete commitments, resources, political will and greater accountability if we want to achieve an equal world, a Planet 50-50 by 2030.”
In October 2016 in New York, the UN Security Council convened its annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security. It focused on follow-up by Member States and the UN on commitments and recommendations from the 2015 High-level Review and the related global study on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000). A key finding of the study was that the meaningful inclusion of women is the greatest and most underutilized tool for successfully building peace and achieving global security.
The workshop sessions addressed an array of topics related to the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda – such as the link between gender equality, peace and development; women’s role in preventing violent extremism; and women’s leadership and political participation in Muslim societies.
Source: UN Women