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More women should be included in peace processes: conference

More women should be included in peace processes: conference

Skopje, 7 March 2016 (MIA) – As many women as possible should be involved in peace processes, because they understand all the challenges happening to women, especially nowadays amid the refugee and migrant crisis, terrorism and extremism in the world, it was concluded Monday at a conference on the role of women in peace processes, organized by the Macedonian Foreign Ministry.

Participants in the event, including the ambassadors of the Netherlands, OSCE and the UN, urged Resolution 1325 of the UN Security Council, Women, Peace and Security, to be implemented.

Deputy Foreign Minister Dragana Kiprijanovska, patron and initiator of today’s conference, said it was a resumption of the one held last year that had been dedicated to the women in diplomacy. According to her, the number of women in peace processes should be increased noting that ‘their rights are violated when they are excluded from peace processes.’

“The role of women in the society of Macedonia is quite important as the country is the leader in the region when it comes to participation of women in defence,” she stated adding that 30.87% of the staff in the Defence Ministry were women, including 8% in the Macedonian Army.

Women are not only victims of radicalization, they also are participants in acts of terrorism, including bomb attacks carried out by ISIS, Boko Haram, etc, according to Nina Suomalainen, Head of the OSCE Mission to Skopje. “Therefore, the inclusion of women can be of vital importance in preventing such situations from ever happening. Women can make key perceptions and narrations that should not be overlooked with respect to the current security challenges.”

Women’s rights are also human rights, underscored Dutch Ambassador Willem Wouter Plomp. Referring to the current migrant crisis, he said women were victims, but they also played an important role in reaching decisions within the family. According to Plomp, women should be included more in peace processes, not only when it was necessary to rebuild the environments in which they lived after the conflict was to be concluded.

Louisa Vinton, UN Resident Coordinator in the country, pointed out the efforts made by her organization to increase the number of women in peace processes as negotiators, participants in peace and security missions. Statistics show insignificant inclusion of women in peace processes, according to her.

The conference was held ahead of the International Women’s Day (March 8). ba/16:31


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