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Ramallah, Tuesday 9th November

‘Women’s Participation in Peace-building, Justice and Security’

EU marks 10th anniversary of UNSC Resolution 1325

To coincide with the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, EUPOL COPPS and the EU Representative hosted a seminar today on “Women’s Participation in Peace-building, Justice and Security in the oPT” at EUPOL COPPS’ HQ in Ramallah.

The seminar aimed to promote the spirit behind UNSCR 1325 while simultaneously allowing panelists from across the Palestinian security, justice and civil society sectors to tell their stories about life as a woman within their respective organizations/institutions; the challenges they face, and their ideas behind boosting female participation in all aspects of daily life in Palestine.

The seminar was co-hosted by EUPOL COPPS’ Head of Mission, Commissioner Henrik Malmquist, and the EU Representative, Mr. Christian Berger. The key-note speaker to address the seminar was Ramallah’s Mayor, H. E. Ms. Janet Mikhail.

Among the panelists were members of the Palestinian Civil Police, the Ministry of Women Affairs (MoWA), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the High Judicial Council (HJC), the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), as well as representatives from civil society organizations including the ‘Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling’, the ‘Psycho Social Counseling Centre for Women’ and the ‘Balata Women’s Centre.’

At the seminar, EUPOL COPPS’ Head of Mission, Henrik Malmquist stated that: “As an EU Mission, we at EUPOL COPPS commit ourselves to gender-mainstreaming within our own organization, and to work on the promotion and integration of gender issues with our Palestinian partners. Commissioner Malmquist also added that: “The Palestinian Civil Police and our partners within the Palestinian Criminal Justice System are institutions which serve and protect the entire Palestinian population, and we support their efforts to do so in a gender-sensitive manner”.

During his intervention, the EU Representative, Mr. Christian Berger, mentioned that: “The purpose of the UNSC Resolution 1325 is two-fold: to point to the plight of women in conflict as well to encourage Governments and International Organizations to have more women involved in peace-building and security”. He also added that: “The event we hold here today is one amongst many around the world to mark this very important Resolution and it is a central element to the implementation of gender equality and women’s empowerment”.

At her key note speech, the Mayor of Ramallah, Ms. Janet Mikhail, highlighted the necessity ”to keep a gender perspective in the different municipality's projects is also important as this surely reflects positively on women's status and direct needs”. She also added that: “As a mayor, and from my position, I believe it’s my duty to work with other women as together we can make a change. Networking is no doubt a powerful tool not only to create more awareness about our life and rights as Palestinians, but to exchange experience and learn from other experiments”.

Background information:
UNSCR 1325 was the first Security Council resolution to address the impact of armed conflict specifically on women. It underlined the importance of women’s equal and full participation as active agents in all efforts to maintain and promote peace and security. Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment lie at the heart of the European Union’s Cooperation with third countries. On 14 June 2010 the Foreign Affairs Council adopted the first EU Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment for the period 2010-2015. This Action Plan, applicable to both European Commission and Member States’ technical and financial cooperation aims to accelerate the achievement of Millennium Development Goals on gender equality as well as to contribute to attaining other gender-related international goals.

Gender is a transversal subject being incorporated into the Palestinian Civil Police’s (PCP) basic training program. The Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling forms part of a Working Group - coordinated by EUPOL COPPS - looking at the PCP’s Human Rights basic training sessions where women’s rights and gender constitute a specific part of the draft training curriculum.

EUPOL COPPS’s Rule of Law Section also strives to promote gender and women’s and girls’ rights within all related seminars and workshops implemented in cooperation with its main partners: the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the High Judicial Council (HJC), the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Palestinian Bar Association of Lawyers (PBA).

For any further enquiries please contact:

EUPOL COPPS Press Office
Tel: 02-2976677 (extension 113 or 121)
EU Press Office
Tel: 02-5415859

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