Erbil conf. stresses women role to counter terrorism

ERBIL, Aug. 04 (MNA) – Iraq hosted a National Conference on ‘Empowering Women to Address the Impact of Terrorism,’ stressing the role of women in bringing about positive change.

“Women can be powerful poles for positive change and participate in innovative efforts to inform, shape and implement policies and programs to mitigate the effects of conflict and violent radicalization”, said Gyorgy Busztin, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (DSRSG), at the opening of the two-day National Conference on ‘Empowering Women to Address the Impact of Terrorism’ on Monday.

The Conference, which brings together key government and United Nations officials, religious leaders, civil society representatives, and representatives of the international community, is jointly organized by the UN, the State Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Kurdistan Region’s High Council of Women’s Affairs in Erbil.

The conference focused on the impact of violent extremism and terrorism on Iraqi women and girls, particularly those from minorities’ communities; empowering women to counter radicalization and combat terrorism; participation of women in social cohesion and reconciliation; creating opportunities to enhance women’s representation and participation in power and decision-making; the role of the media and the internet in countering extremism; effective partnering in implementing frameworks on women, peace and security; and the role of women in building peace.

“Within families, women’s traditional roles allow them to shape familial and social norms and promote increased tolerance and non-violent political and civic engagement,” said DSRSG Busztin.

“Countering terrorism policies need to take into account how terrorism impacts women and to ensure that they do not lead to negative and unintended consequences on them,” he stressed.

The conference aimed at adopting a set of recommendations outlining key actions to advance the women, peace and security agenda; ensure women participation in countering terrorism efforts; and prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict.

The conference was a response to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2178 of September 2014, which called for the first time for the empowerment of women to counter violent extremism.

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