Antonio Guterres
Antonio Guterres

The world needs to do more to ensure women’s equal participation in peace processes across the globe, the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has said.

The UN chief made the remarks at the launch of a book jointly produced by the African Union (AU) Commission and the UN entitled “She Stands for Peace: 20 Years, 20 Journeys” in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on late Saturday.

He said despite the landmark Security Council resolution 1,325 on Women, Peace and Security to empower women in their own right, the “positive trend” in recent years towards consideration of the gender perspective in conflict resolution had gone into reverse.

“We need to do much more to ensure women’s equal participation in peace processes, and to put survivors at the heart of our approach to sexual and gender-based violence in conflict,” he said.

“The absence of women at the table is also linked to entrenched mindset and social perception issues, for by now we are all aware of studies that prove women’s participation to greatly increase the chances of a peace agreement being long lasting,” Guterres said.

The UN-AU Commission jointly published book captures stories of outstanding African women and women-led organizations who have worked tirelessly towards building a lasting peace on the continent over the last 20 or more years. Enditem

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