UN Security Council adopts resolution on women, peace

NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (MNA) – The UN Security Council has adopted unanimously the resolution 2242, ensuring active participation of women in processes to search and consolidate peace.

The 18-point initiative includes actions to promote women’s role in prevention and peace-building processes and guarantee their rights during the conflicts.

The initiative was presented to the Security Council by the United Kingdom and it is supported by 70 countries.

According to the text, approved by all 15 member states of the council, governments should increase the amount of resources allocated to women’s issues, peace and security as well as that it demands increased representation of women in decision-making processes and voices concern about the impact of armed conflict on women.

In this sense, the document condemns sexual violence suffered by women and girls in conflict areas, including the violence generated by members of UN missions and other organizations.

The resolution 2242 was adopted during the UN Security Council session on women, presided over by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Rajoy stressed the support to the initiative, adding “we must spare no efforts to combat sexual violence, which is used as a weapon of war and terror, and often, in conflicts, it's more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier.”

Rajoy also insisted on the need of a global commitment regarding gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Addressing Council members at the debate, marking the 15th anniversary of resolution 1325, Rajoy urged them to work together in that direction.

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