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Maldives joins the global discussion on women’s participation and leadership in peace and security

MALE`, 1 November 2016: – The United Nations in Maldives and the UN Women Multi-Country Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka organized a workshop to discuss women’s participation and leadership in peace and security based on the principles of the historic UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Under the title “Women in Public Life: Better Participation for Sustainable Peace and Development”, the workshop included in-depth discussions by experts representing the government, independent institutions, civil society, and political parties.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Maldives Ms. Shoko Noda urged to start breaking “glass ceilings” for women in the political sphere by changing public perceptions and attitudes. “We all have the responsibility of promoting the importance of women’s participation in decision-making as it means greater national and international security,” Noda said.

Dr. Rebecca Reichmann Tavares, UN Women Representative for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka, emphasised the importance of women’s participation and leadership in conflict prevention, peacebuilding and in shaping responses to today’s complex crisis. “Women are powerful actors in preventing conflict, sustaining peace and building a culture of tolerance and inclusion. We must “step it up for gender equality” with concrete commitments, resources, political will and greater accountability if we want to achieve an equal world, a Planet 50-50 by 2030.”

Last week in New York, the UN Security Council convened its annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security. It focused on how Member States and the UN have followed-up on commitments and recommendations from the 2015 High-level Review and the related Global Study on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000). The highlight finding of the Global Study is that women’s engagement and leadership in peace and security increases the effectiveness and efficiency in building sustainable peace and achieving global security.

The workshop sessions tackled a broad array of subjects regarding the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda. Specifically, discussions focused on women’s role in preventing violent extremism and women’s leadership and political participation in Muslim societies.

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