Remarks by the DPR Albana Dautllari at the Security Council meeting on Women, Peace and Security: Towards the 25th Anniversary of the Resolution 1325

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March 7, 2023

Thank you, President!

We appreciate your focus on this issue during your presidency. We also thank the briefers for their information.

The adoption of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in October 2000 marked a historic moment.

Over the years, the WPS Agenda has become a normative focal point for addressing the challenges, the interests, and aspirations of half of the world’s population—women and girls.

Since the adoption of Resolution 1325, the Council has adopted nine other Resolutions on WPS, and the issue has turned into one of the most dynamic and attention-grabbing topics not only for the Security Council members, but also for wider UN membership.

And the role of the Security Council in creating a comprehensive normative framework is undeniable, and especially in integrating operational language and references to WPS in its various Resolutions.

However President, reality still needs to catch up with our common aspirations and determination. The implementation of the WPS agenda remains problematic, revealing gap between promise and practice.

This is especially glaring when it comes to women’s continued under-representation -and sometimes extreme marginalization- from formal decision-making on peace and security, including in peace negotiations, and the general impunity still afforded to perpetrators of violence and abuses against women and girls, including conflict-related sexual violence.

The gap has been widened further in different parts of the world.

In Ukraine the life of millions of Ukrainian women and young girls has been devastated.

In Afghanistan, the Taliban is a disaster for women—they continue to fail in every respect the Afghan people.

In Iran, Mahsa Amini has launched an unstoppable struggle for basic dignity, and her tragic case demonstrates the brutality that women face in Iran.

The events in Syria, Sudan, South Sudan, Myanmar, Haiti, and Mali, to name only a few, have not just threatened the fragile gains of the WPS agenda, but the lives and work of women peacebuilders themselves, and they have also tested the ability of the international community to fulfill the mandate of the Security Council in maintaining peace and security.

As we heard from many, the increased global pushback on women and girls’ enjoyment of human rights is alarming. And for this reason we must redouble our efforts to make the WPS normative framework a reality.

We need to support and connect the work of women at grassroots level, including in conflict zones and in peace processes, to the WPS Agenda.

In this regard, UN Country Teams, UN mediation teams, Special Envoys, Special Representatives and other relevant stakeholders should play a more pro-active role.

In this context, Albania strongly supports the call to action of the SG urging peacekeeping partners to invest in grassroots women’s network and support women’s mobilization for peace.

And we need men to stand up and support this cause as strong as women.

President,

WPS is central to Albania, which sits at the top of the most gender-balanced government, with 75% of ministers being women.

WPS is our core priority in the Security Council. During our Presidency in June last year, we invited 19 briefers from the civil society and 15 of them were women.

Also in our capacity as coordinator of the Shared Commitments initiative, Albania will continue to work to ensure that the WPS agenda is fully integrated into all aspects of the Council’s work.

Naturally, the WPS agenda is central to our priorities for rejoining the Human Rights Council, and if elected, we will advance this agenda and explore closer synergies between the two Councils.

In closing, President, let me reiterate that there are no short-cuts. no lasting peace can be achieved without women’s meaningful participation and engagement.

I thank you!

 

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