Wednesday, 10 October 2012 03:00

UNAMI Supports Thi-Qar Governorate in Shining Spotlight on Women

Baghdad, 10 October 2012 – UNAMI supported Thi-Qar Governorate in holding its first-ever Open Peace Day on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security yesterday, 9 October, in collaboration with the United Nations Country Team in Iraq. Civil society organizations and high-ranking officials from the governorate attended a discussion forum held in Nassriyah to mark the occasion. كوردی

 

Resolution 1325 is a watershed resolution that calls for the active participation of women in decision making in conflict prevention, conflict resolution, peace processes, peace-building and governance.  It calls for the promotion of women’s rights and gender equality.

 

Panellists highlighted the triple challenges of poverty, illiteracy and unemployment faced by women and the need to find solutions to address these.  They adopted a series of recommendations focusing on increasing women’s representation at all levels of decision-making in peace-building processes; amending laws to enhance women’s protection from violence; and strengthening national action on human rights.

 

“Holding such an event in Thi-Qar Province, one of the least developed provinces in South Iraq, reflects the commitment of the United Nations in Iraq to take the dialogue on women, peace and security to local levels, where the voices of women are seldom heard,” said Ms. Geetha Pious, a UNAMI representative based in Basra, who gave the opening speech at the event.

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