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Global Open Day: Regional Consultation in Dushanbe on Women and Peace

Date: 28 June 2010

Dushanbe — Representatives of civil society organizations and women’s groups from Afghanistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia and Tajikistan participated in a regional consultation on women, peace and security in the Tajik capital Dushanbe on 25-26 June. The meeting was held on the occasion of the Global Open Day for Women and Peace and in the context of the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325.

The consultation aimed at defining practical measures for the implementation of Security Council resolutions 1325 and 1820. Participants discussed progress made and current challenges in the region, in particular regarding the protection of the rights of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations, as well as women’s participation in peacebuilding.

Participants expressed serious concern over the low representation of women in peacemaking missions and formal peace processes. In an appeal to the UN Secretary-General and the UN Security Council, they called for the establishment of effective mechanisms to overcome the gap between international commitments and the realities faced by women in conflict situations.

Miroslav Jenča, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), reiterated his commitment to promote the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 and integrate gender perspectives in all UNRCCA activities. In his statement, he expressed readiness to meet with regional and local women’s groups on a regular basis to discuss issues related to peace and security, and to ensure that their views would be heard.

In her address, Nargis Azizova, UNIFEM Gender and Governance Adviser for Tajikistan, noted that the ongoing events in Kyrgyzstan served as a reminder of the extremely vulnerable situation many women and children find themselves in during conflict. “Ensuring post-conflict reconciliation will be an enormous task. Here, women’s groups can play a very important role, and UNIFEM as part of the UN system will support such efforts,” Ms. Azizova stressed.

Meeting participants signed their names to a petition presented by the Say NO - UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, asking governments to ensure the implementation of resolution 1325.

For more information, please contact Nargis Azizova, Gender and Governance Adviser, UNIFEM Project Office in Tajikistan, nargis.azizova[at]unifem.org.

Participants in the regional consultation, with their arms crossed in a gesture to oppose sexual violence in conflict. (Photo: UNIFEM)
Participants in the regional consultation, with their arms crossed in a gesture to oppose sexual violence in conflict. (Photo: UNIFEM)