The Women, Peace and Security Update; No.39

The Women, Peace and Security Update; No.39

Global leaders joined the virtual panel “Climate and Security: Advancing a Gender Lens” on June 12 hosted by the Georgetown University for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) to discuss a framework that looks at how gender, climate and security are inextricably linked.

As an ode to the leading women who have broken through the glass ceiling in Africa, paving the way for other aspiring young women, we celebrate the achievements of some of North Africa’s most powerful women and the impact they have made on this beautiful continent.

The Head of Liberia’s Chapter, West African Youth Network (WAYN), Arthur Becker, has re-affirmed his organization’s commitment to promoting youth’s empowerment, peace and security, democracy and good governance, women and girl’s empowerment, environment and climate change interventions, among others, in the sub-region.

The year 2020 began on a high note for the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN). As the world was preparing to mark 25 years since the Fourth World Conference on Women, AWLN sought to commemorate the anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action with the launch of 25 National Chapters across Africa.

Countries in the Great Lakes Region should support women entrepreneurs if they hope to recover faster from the COVID-19 pandemic, participants at a recent regional consultative round-table virtual dialogue on economic empowerment of women.

International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Alvin Botes is expected to address a virtual dialogue on silencing the guns. The 2020 dialogue is hosted by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in collaboration with UN Women (South Africa Multi-Country Office), the Embassy of Switzerland and the Embassy of Norway.

In this time of compounding global crisis, the world needs to come together to not only fight the pandemic but to also preserve our commitments to certain shared beliefs. One of these is the eradication of gender inequality even in the midst of this humanitarian crisis.

Getting women in security must become a trend. Despite evidence that women bring special skills to the security sector, they remain grossly under-represented.

In 2019, female honourable members of Parliament of the Sierra Leone Parliament were engaged in the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda.  In the outcry of the COVID-19, what has been slower to emerge is how regulations and bye-laws instituted could embrace gender specific issues that affect women.

Message of the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission at the The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Management Segment, Virtual Meeting, 21 July 2020.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has received a P13.1-million grant from New Zealand for its projects in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Regional in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) that aim to protect and ensure the health and rights of women and young people for sustained peace.

Ahead of the United Nations Security Council’s High Level Review on Women, Peace and Security, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls calls for more to be done to support women’s participation in conflict and post-conflict decision-making and to ensure women’s protection in these situations.

The UAE underscored that the UN and its Member States must take a holistic approach to peace and security as the impacts of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic continue to highlight the need for a strong international response. This was in a written statement to the UN Security Council for its open debate on pandemics and the challenges to peacebuilding and sustaining peace.

The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations has announced that national peace and security will be the thematic focus of the web edition of the seventh Lagos Public Relations Stakeholders’ Conference, holding on Thursday, August 27, 2020.

ANC Party leader Musalia Mudavadi during the launch of the association of Women in Safety Excellence (WISE), urged Parliament to expedite the enactment of the two-thirds gender rule to address issues revolving around gender inequality in the country.

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