The UAE stressed the importance of ensuring the full and serious participation of women in all stages of peace processes and negotiations, Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, UAE's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, told the Security Council, on Tuesday October 29th, during an open debate on how to effectively make a change in this regard.
The UN Security Council adopted resolution number 2492 (2019) to urge countries to recommit to its women, peace and security agenda and to fully implement all provisions of its resolutions.
Nusseibeh further affirmed that female participation should be integral in peace processes in all negotiations from start to finish, and in the aftermath of conflict resolutions.
By doing so, according to Nusseibeh, it can be ensured that women are not excluded at critical points during backroom negotiations.
In this regard, she shed light on an initiative by the UAE to train women for military and peacekeeping purposes in partnership with UN-Women, which is a UN entity working for the empowerment of women.
During her remarks, Nusseibeh also noted efforts by the UAE to address a number of security challenges, from a gender perspective through panel discussions.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also noted that even after two decades of adopting a resolution calling for women to be included in decision-making positions, women are still excluded from many peace negotiations.
Guterres also warned that a growing number of armed groups promote male superiority and misogyny as part of their core ideology, “while women continue to pay the consequences”.
He stressed UN departments are implementing a new and stronger policy on women, while special missions and envoys have been instructed to report regularly on their efforts to promote women’s “direct participation” throughout all stages of peace-making processes.
As Head of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, warned the council against record levels of political violence against women.
According to Mlambo-Ngcuka, less than 20% of the peace agreements reached between 1990 and 2018 included provisions addressing women.
The Security Council meeting began with the unanimous adoption of a resolution urging all countries to ensure and promote the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in all stages of peace processes.
The UAE was the first country in the region to require every organisation and every company to have female board members. Females in the UAE form around 46.6% of the labour force, not to mention that the UAE has been passing a number of laws and legislations on gender equality, including the legislation that ensured equal pay for men and women in April 2018.