Kenya hosts UN CONFAB to review women role in conflict

Kenya's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Monica Juma. Photo courtesy : US State Department

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – A U.N-sponsored conference to review progress made in five countries in promoting women’s role in peace, security and conflict resolution opens in Nairobi on Tuesday, sources said.

The countries include Kenya, Somalia, Afghanistan, Finland and Nepal.

Member states are expected to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all peace and security efforts, and to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence.

The gender-based violence and discrimination include rape, a UN statement said on Sunday.

In the main, the conference will review the progress made in implementing the resolution and explore challenges that countries face in addressing gender-based violence and discrimination in peace and security operations.

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 of 2000 reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction.

The resolution further stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.

© Bur-csa – N.A – A.H / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)