UN Women chief calls for political, financial support to engage in violence prevention

NEW YORK, March 29 (KUNA) — UN Women Chief has called on the UN Security Council in its open debate for women’s organizations to receive political and financial support to engage in violence prevention, mediation and diplomacy.
Discussing the role of women in conflict prevention and resolution in Africa, the Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told the Council that the role of women in conflict prevention was often lauded but rarely visible.
She said that women’s empowerment was the best line of defense against militarism and violent extremism.
The UN official told the 15-member body that they had to make sure that its deliberations were more frequently informed by the perspective and analysis of women on the ground.
On his part, the Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Taye-Brook Zerihoun, underlined his office’s actions to promote women’s effective participation in conflict mediation and to address their specific needs in peace-making efforts. “Prioritization prevention and inclusive political solutions has never been more urgent,” he said.
Experience, he added, has shown that with early diplomatic initiatives, actively engaging civil society and notably women’s organizations, the organization stand a better chance of helping prevent and resolve conflicts.
This open debate came to recognize the need for a paradigm shift in the way that the United Nations, Member States and regional actors address peace, security and the settlement of disputes, in particular in Africa. Angola, as President of the Security Council, chaired the debate on “The Role Of Women In Conflict Prevention And Resolution In Africa,” led by the Minister for Family and Promotion of Women of Angola, Maria Filomena Delgado. (end) mao.tg