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Foreign Minister at women's rights conference: gender perspectives must be taken into account when resolving conflicts

17.09.2015

Yesterday, when speaking at the Estonian Women's Studies and Resource Centre (ENUT) conference, Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand emphasized the importance of considering gender perspective in solving armed conflicts. “Resolution 1325 “Women, Peace and Security”, adopted by the United Nations Security Council 15 years ago, was the first resolution which recognized the disproportionate amount of damage caused by armed conflicts to women and children. Gender perspectives and the inclusion of women cannot be something separate and isolated, and Estonia is contributing to achieving the objectives of the resolution, both internationally, as well as domestically,” the Minister said.

On the subject of international contributions, the Foreign Minister cited the example of Estonia’s involvement in development cooperation and humanitarian aid. “Support for women and children constitutes approximately 95% of Estonia's humanitarian aid. We have helped to alleviate their situation, for example, in Syria, South Sudan and Ukraine. We have also supported IT education for girls in the rural Char Bagh area of Afghanistan, within the framework of development cooperation,” Kaljurand added.

The Minister said that women have a vital role to play in improving the situation of awareness: “It is a long process, which has already begun, but there is most certainly a lot more to do. Raising awareness regarding the issue of women, peace and security is a clear and comprehensive priority for Estonia,” she stressed.

The ENUT conference “20 years since the UN Fourth World Conference on Women, “Women in favour of gender equality, development and peace””, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in September 1995. The governments which attended the conference at the time, adopted the Beijing Declaration and platform for action, which was targeted at the full participation of women in society.

The UN Security Council Resolution 1325 “Women, Peace and Security”, adopted 15 years ago, was the first of its kind, with which the Security Council set the objective that the international community must intensify conflict resolution by taking gender perspective systematically into account.

 

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