UAE com­mited to pro­mote women’s role in peace and se­cu­rity, UN told

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ABU DHABI: Noura Al Suwaidi, Sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Gen­eral Women’s Union ( GWU), af­firmed the UAE’S com­mit­ment to ad­vance the agenda re­lated to women’s en­gage­ment in peace and se­cu­rity.

Al Suwaidi said the UAE and UN WOMEN (United Na­tions En­tity for Gen­der Equal­ity and the Em­pow­er­ment of Women) an­nounced the first and sec­ond round of the mil­i­tary and peace­keep­ing pro­gramme for Arab women ( 2019-2010) at the Khawla Bint Al Azwar Mil­i­tary Acad­emy for Women un­der the pa­tron­age of Her High­ness Sheikha Fa­tima Bint Mubarak, Chair­woman of GWU, Pres­i­dent of the Supreme Coun­cil for Moth­er­hood and Child­hood, and Supreme Chair­woman of the Fam­ily De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion.

The pro­gramme was es­tab­lished in Septem­ber 2018 by the UAE’S Min­istry of De­fence and the GWU to build and de­velop the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of women in the mil­i­tary and peace­keep­ing sec­tors.

‘’The UAE is cooperatin­g with other coun­tries in part­ner­ship with the UN WOMEN to pro­mote and sup­port Arab and for­eign women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in peace and se­cu­rity keep­ing oper­a­tion in disas­ter and con­flict zones as women and chil­dren are the most vul­ner­a­ble seg­ments from these events,’’ Al Suwaidi told the first work­shop of the Na­tional Steer­ing Com­mi­tee for De­vel­op­ment Na­tional Ac­tion Plan (NAP), on Women, Peace and Se­cu­rity.

The NAP seeks to ac­ti­vate the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 1325 ( UNSCR 1325), adopted in Oc­to­ber 2000.

‘’We are work­ing to come out with a frame­work that un­der­scores the UAE’S com­mit­ment to equal par­tic­i­pa­tion and full in­volve­ment of women in all ef­forts of main­tain­ing and pro­mot­ing peace and se­cu­rity and to pro­mote these agenda re­gion­ally and glob­ally,’’ she con­cluded.

Dr. Mouza Al She­hhi, Direc­tor of the UN Women-uae Li­ai­son Of­fice for the GCC, said the adop­tion of the UNSCR 1325 on Oct.31, 2000, recog­nised, for the first time, the role of women in peace-keep­ing op­er­a­tions.

She com­mended the UAE lead­ing role in ad­vanc­ing the Women Peace and Se­cu­rity, WPS, agenda.

‘’We are hop­ing to work with all stake­hold­ers to de­velop a na­tional ac­tion plan that re­flects the UAE firm po­si­tion in this re­gard,’’ she added.

The first work­shop, which drew par­tic­i­pa­tion of 30 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of fed­eral govern­ment min­istries and en­ti­ties, dis­cussed the pro­posed model of key ob­jec­tives of the UAE drat NAP and re­viewed NAPS de­vel­oped by Canada, Fin­land and Nor­way.

The Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion as­signed the GWU in June 2020 to start the process of de­vel­op­ing its first Na­tional Ac­tion Plan (NAP), on Women, Peace and Se­cu­rity. So far, 84 UN mem­ber states have al­ready de­vel­oped their NAP.

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