Greater Role for Women in UN Peace keeping : Some excerpts from a debate by HS Puri
Here are some exerpts from what Hardeep Singh Puri, Permanent Representative of India to the UN during a Security Council debate on “Women and Peace and Security“.
- Greater participation of women in areas of conflict prevention was particularly necessary for lasting peace and security.
- India attaches very high importance to ensuring concrete action in this area.
- India has consistently held that greater participation of women in areas of conflict prevention, peace negotiations, peace keeping and post conflict reconstruction is the sine qua non for lasting peace and security.
- Women at present comprise only eight percent of UN police officers, and about two percent of the military personnel deployed in UN peacekeeping operations. Given the critical role of the UN, the world body must lead by example.
- Precisely for these reasons, India has contributed a female peacekeeping unit of 100 personnel, which is presently deployed in Liberia.
- This mission in Liberia stands out as the only one of its kind among the ongoing UN peacekeeping operations.
- There is also much need for ensuring greater representation of women in high decision-making positions at the UN.
- The promotion and protection of the human rights of women and girls in armed conflict continue to pose a pressing challenge.
- There should be no tolerance for gender based violence and all cases of gender based violence in an armed conflict must be investigated and the perpetrators prosecuted.
- India will continue to contribute positively to United Nations efforts in protecting vulnerable sections, particularly women and children, in conflict and post-conflict societies.
- The international community also needs to enhance cooperation by providing new and additional financial resources, sharing of experiences, expertise and capacity building in areas of justice and rule of law.