KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, October 27, 2021 / APO Group / –
In Goma, North Kivu, the MONUSCO field office celebrated Monday, October 25, 2021 the International Day of the United Nations. One of the highlights of this commemoration was a round table on the theme “Women, Peace and Security”.
Four specialized agencies of the United Nations system (UNICEF, UNHCR, FUNUAP and UN Women) took part in the debates in which some thirty women’s associations and local media also participated.
Most of the speakers started from the observation that women are affected in several ways by armed conflicts insofar as they can be both victims of violence and combatants or members, voluntary or not, of the armed forces.
They are also potential actors in all phases of the conflict, in particular in peace, security sector reform and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) processes, as well as in reconstruction and development policies.
Unanimously, the participants recognized that women’s rights are still relevant, hence the need to analyze, during the work, the obstacles that continue to hamper the full participation of women in peace processes. in the DRC in general and in North Kivu in particular.
In total, the theme “Women, Peace and Security” allowed participants to appreciate the incredible efforts made by women and girls in North Kivu to shape a more equal future and recovery, but also to become aware of the challenges. which remain to be addressed. , as well as the opportunities that are offered to achieve them.
The quality of the interventions demonstrated that women play a leading role in peacebuilding and in conflict prevention and resolution, and that their participation is essential.
The participants recommend that women occupy decision-making positions at all levels in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for conflict prevention and resolution.
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