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UNITED NATIONS
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Security Council
Resumed 4635th Meeting (AM)
SC/7552
29 October 2002



SPEAKERS EMPHASIZE NEED FOR GENDER PERSPECTIVE IN PEACEKEEPING MANDATES,

AS SECURITY COUNCIL RESUMES DEBATE ON WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY


As the Security Council concluded its open debate on women, peace and security, which started yesterday afternoon, speakers this morning stressed the need to incorporate the gender perspective in peacekeeping mandates and to increase the participation of women in all decisions regarding peacemaking, peacekeeping and post-conflict rehabilitation and reconstruction.

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Background

The Security Council met this morning to resume its discussion on the issue of women, peace and security, which began yesterday afternoon.  (For more background information, see Press Release SC/7550 of 28 October.)

Statements

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IFTEKHAR AHMED CHOWDHURY (Bangladesh) emphasized that the Council must demand that all parties to armed conflict comply fully with international law regarding the rights and protection of women and girls.  That protection should also be extended to women and girls in the occupied Palestinian and other Arab territories.  The Council must ensure that there was no impunity for gender-based crimes and consider, where appropriate, the establishment of gender advisers/units in multidimensional peacekeeping operations.

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AHMED ABOUL GHEIT (Egypt) expressed concern over the increasing rate of violence against women and children during conflict, as well as over the economic, sociological and psychological consequences of such violence.  Egypt had hosted a conference to establish an international organization for women and peace with a view to organizing an international conference in 2003 recognizing women as an effective element in establishing peace.

Emphasizing that the Palestinian women’s call for help could not be ignored, he said they were not only killed alongside men, but also wounded by wild shots fired by Israeli occupation troops or settlers.  The Council must deal with that situation by stressing the necessity of withdrawal from Palestinian territories and the restitution of their land.

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MOHAMED BENNOUNA (Morocco) pointed out the daily insecurity of Palestinian women under Israeli occupation, adding that, in general, despite all the Council activity on women, peace and security, women and girls continued to be the chief victims of armed conflict.  He stressed the critical need to train personnel on the vulnerable situation of women and girls, and welcomed the Peacekeeping Department’s position regarding gender parity in peace operations.

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