UAE enhances women’s role in post-conflict reconstruction

UAE, in conjunction with Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, GIWPS, has launched a research report and a UN action plan to advance women’s participation in post-conflict reconstruction, following a year-long series of high-level panel discussions on the subject, UAE’s state-run news agency Wam reported.

Reiterating the need for women participation in post-conflict reconstruction, former US Secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, said: “It’s a crucial moment to ensure women’s participation at every stage of relief and recovery, post-conflict. For too long, the role of women in post-conflict reconstruction has been an understudied aspect of efforts to advance peace and security. That is finally beginning to change.”

For her part, ambassador and permanent representative of the UAE to the UN, Lana Nusseibeh, stated, “We must jointly redouble our efforts in enhancing women’s inclusion in post-conflict settings by creating action plans that are achievable, implementable, and measurable so that we can create more peaceful and stable societies all over the world that people deserve.”

Executive Director of GIWPS, Ambassador Melanne Verveer, stated, “Women are active agents for change. This [research report] provides a roadmap for UN operations and others to overcome barriers to women’s participation in post-conflict reconstruction and build on successful strategies for more effective peacebuilding outcomes.”

The report highlights best practices, effective strategies, and entry points to ensure women’s meaningful participation as decision-makers, implementers, and beneficiaries of post-conflict reconstruction. 

In addition to the research report, an action plan has been initiated, offering related recommendations to the UN and Member States to accelerate efforts to help overcome existing and emerging barriers and to enhance successful strategies for more effective peacebuilding outcomes.

UAE is a steadfast partner in promoting the WPS, Women Peace and Security, agenda. In addition to supporting policy dialogues to foster collaboration and accelerate efforts to realise the WPS agenda, UAE in partnership with UN-Women, is running the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Women, Peace and Security Initiative. 

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