Wednesday, 11 July 2012 03:00

SRSG Martin Kobler Stresses Need for Bigger Role for Women in Political Decision Making

Baghdad, 11 July 2012 – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, met with women representing civil society organizations from across the country today to discuss issues related to the implementation in Iraq of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security. عربي  كوردی


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


“In all my meetings with political stakeholders, I continue to underscore the importance of women’s active and full representation and participation in political issues, including in national dialogue and reconciliation,” Mr. Kobler said. “In particular in political decision making, women remain severely underrepresented – despite the fact that they make up more than half the population of Iraq. They should play a far bigger role.”


“Women’s quotas for bodies making important decisions for the future of the country, including the Board of Commissioners of the Independent High Electoral Commission, IHEC, are a possible way to achieve this,” he added.


SRSG Kobler stressed to the women that they have his full support.


The UN in Iraq supports the Government of Iraq, women’s NGOs and other key stakeholders in strengthening gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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