Qatar Renews Commitment to Continue Efforts for Strengthening Women Role In Peace-Building

The State of Qatar renewed its commitment to continue efforts for strengthening the role of women in peace-building and security promotion, and to support initiatives to provide security and justice for women in all circumstances, especially in areas of armed conflict or post-conflict situations.

This came Friday in the State of Qatar’s Statement on “Women and Peace” delivered by HE Qatar’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, before the official meeting held today by the UN Security Council to discuss the item: “Women, Peace and Security”.

“The adoption of resolution 1325 in 2000 was a turning point in addressing the issue of the role of women in peace-building and security,” said HE Ambassador Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani adding that the international community recognized in this resolution not only the special impact of conflicts on women, but also the need to involve women as stakeholders in conflict prevention and settling as well as in post-conflict mediation efforts. HE the Ambassador noted that the inclusion of women, peace and security on the agenda of the Security Council on a regular basis underscores the determination of the international community to continue efforts and to take measures to implement the Program of Women, Peace and Security to contribute to the achievement of the goals of sustainable development 2030.

She said that it is regrettable that women and girls are most affected by the disastrous consequences of violent conflicts in various regions, where women are paying a heavy price for the failure of parties to conflicts to respect their obligations under international law, which indicates the need to focus on preventing conflicts and addressing their root causes in order to avoid the recurrence, escalation and prolongation of crises. She further stressed the urgent need to adopt long-term development strategies that empower women and girls and prevent human rights abuses that continue to affect them. She underlined the importance of facilitating women’s access to and benefit from transitional justice mechanisms, particularly on crimes committed during conflicts and transitional periods.

Her Excellency called for paying attention to the important and effective role that women can play in preventing violent extremism that can lead to terrorism and in building the environment and conditions conducive to the education and guidance of children and youth away from extremism and violence, As well as efforts to educate children and young people to keep them away from the specter of recruitment by terrorist groups, pointing out that the State of Qatar is making national and international efforts in the field of education and advancement of women in this direction and thus contribute to the promotion of peace and security in societies.

“Moreover, in line with its policy of supporting all efforts to achieve peace throughout the world, the State of Qatar has contributed to supporting the global study on the implementation of resolution 1325 (2006),” she added.

As part of Qatar’s efforts to achieve its 2030 national vision at the national, regional and international levels, Qatar is keen to involve women, peace and security in its development and humanitarian plans and programs and in mediation efforts to resolve conflicts in many regions of the world, which has been welcomed by the international community, HE Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani said.

The participation of women in decision-making processes within the United Nations system, of which the achievement of peace and global security is a main pillar, is at the heart of the implementation of resolution 1325 of 2000, she said explaining that the State of Qatar attaches great importance to this matter through its active membership in the Gender Parity Group of the United Nations and its support for programs and activities to appoint more women in senior positions in the United Nations. She also commended the active role of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in achieving gender parity and the elimination of the of sexual exploitation and abuse, referred to in his report. She further welcomed his new strategy for gender equality within the United Nations, which he has set as his highest priority.

HE Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani extended thanks to the Security Council, chaired by France, for holding this important debate, the Director of the Office of the UN Secretary-General Ms. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Executive Director of the United Nations Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Coordinator of the Black Societies Foundation Ms. Charo Mina-Rojas , and the Secretary-General of the International Organization of la Francophonie, Ms. Michaelle Jean, for their comprehensive briefing.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs