Women, Peace & Security

In the News: Friday, 4 September 2020

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Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the Security Council: September 2020

Source: NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security released its Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the Security Council for the month of September. The MAPs focus on the following countries; Afghanistan, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Libya.

Read them here.

25 Years After Beijing’s Women Conference, Significance ‘Undimmed’

Source:  UN News

Looking back on the Fourth World Conference on Women in the Chinese capital, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, said in a statement that “we have seen the strength and impact of collective activism grow and have been reminded of the importance of multilateralism and partnership to find common solutions to shared problems.”

The deliberations of the Conference back in 1995 resulted in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – an agenda for change across 12 critical areas to realize the human rights of women and girls – whose continued relevance “cannot be overstated today”, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said. The Platform imagined a world in which every woman and girl could exercise her freedoms and realize her rights, such as to live free from violence, attend school, participate in decisions and earn equal pay for equal work.  A quarter of a century later, no country is even close to fully delivering on the commitments of Platform, according to a major stock-taking UN Women report.

Read more here.

In the words of Esmeralda Hoxha: “Without trust in institutions, survivors get entrapped in a vicious cycle of violence”

Source: UN Women

Esmeralda Hoxha is project coordinator at the Gender Alliance for Development Center (GADC) in Albania, currently implementing a project under the regional programme on ending violence against women “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union, which aims to monitor the implementation of the National Gender Equality Strategy (2016-2020) in Albania, focusing on ending violence against women and girls.

Read her story here.

Liberia: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Holds Closed-Door Meeting with Influential Women; Eyes More Women Ascendancy in Legislature

Source: Front Page Africa / Obediah Johnson

Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has held a closed-door meeting with scores of influential women leaders and groups in Monrovia, in a bid to help solicit or galvanize the necessary support for female politicians contemplating on contesting the ensuing mid-term senatorial election. The mid-term senatorial election is expected to take place in Liberia on December 8, 2020, according to the National Elections Commission (NEC). Women leaders from WIPNET, WONGOSOL, Rural Women Leadership, among others were part of the meeting held with the ex-Liberian leader. The closed meeting took place at the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Center located at Sinkor, Monrovia during the late evening hours of Wednesday, September 2.

Read more here.