Uganda hosts ministerial meeting on women’s role in peace and security

The ministerial meeting. Photo: Envoy for the Great Lakes

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Ministers from countries in the Great Lakes region met Friday in Uganda to take stock of the commitments they made to strengthen the role of women in maintaining peace and security.

In a statement issued prior to the meeting, the UN office in Uganda said ministers will discuss their support for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and other relevant resolutions.

Resolution 1325, adopted in 2000, calls on the parties to the conflict to respect women’s rights and support their participation in peace negotiations and post-conflict reconstruction.

The ministerial meeting in Entebbe, 40 km south of the Ugandan capital Kampala, will also focus on the implementation of a minimum quota of 30% of women in the governments of the region.

This meeting is held under the auspices of the United Nations and the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), which includes Uganda, Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

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