Date: 8 June 2010
Dakar — The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Said Djinnit, received a group of women leaders in Dakar on 8 June, for a consultation on their concerns regarding peace and security in West Africa. The meeting was part of the Global Open Day on women and peace, held around the world in the context of the 10th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325.
During the meeting, Special Representative Djinnit welcomed the progress made towards the realization of the resolution’s objectives, including the establishment of the Working Group on Women, Peace and Security in West Africa in April 2009. However, he stressed the importance of continuing to support the efforts of governments, regional organizations and civil society in the sub-region to bring all aspects of the resolution into effect. To this end, Djinnit announced that a regional conference would be organized in September to identify challenges and opportunities in regard to the implementation of SCR 1325 in West Africa.
"The message of the UN Secretary-General is very clear," the Special Representative said. "A lasting peace requires the full participation of women. Their perspectives, leadership and equitable representation are essential in our struggle for peace."
For more information, please contact Maxime Houinato, Deputy Regional Director, West Africa Sub-Regional Office, maxime.houinato[at]unifem.org.