United Nations, Apr 12 : Women’s rights, voices and participation must be at 'the centre of peacekeeping decision-making', United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council, describing them as 'central to sustainable solutions' to challenges facing the Organisation worldwide.
Through its landmark resolution 1325 on women and peace and security, the Council reaffirmed the participation and involvement of women, which the UN chief hailed as “a key element in the maintenance of international peace and security”. He also noted the UN’s “essential system-wide effort” to enhance women’s representation at all levels and in all arenas, through his Strategy on Gender Parity. “This is not just a question of numbers, but also of our effectiveness in fulfilling our mandates”, he stated, citing evidence that more women peacekeepers lead to more credible protection responses that meet the needs of all. (UNI)