Terrorist atrocities against women and girls are on the rise: India in UN Security Council


First Published Mar 8, 2023, 11:27 AM IST

The violence perpetrated by terrorists against women and girls continues rampantly and India has called for adopting a policy of zero tolerance against all forms of terrorism. It was strongly condemned by the United Nations Security Council. Ruchira Kamboj, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said on Tuesday that the member states should create an environment suitable for the participation and inclusion of women in political processes and decisions.

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He said that terrorism and violent extremism are the biggest violation of human rights and are a constant threat to global peace and security. He said that it is needless to say that women and girls are always and unequally suffering. Kamboj said in a public debate held on the occasion of ‘Women, Peace and Security: Resolution 1325 25th Anniversary’ at the United Nations Security Council.

In October 2000, the Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security. The resolution reiterated the important role of women in conflict prevention, resolution, peace negotiations, peace building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and post-conflict reconstruction. It emphasized the importance of their equal participation and full participation in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.

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Meanwhile, referring to the situation in Afghanistan, Kamboj said that India emphasizes the importance of inclusive and representative governance in Afghanistan with the meaningful participation of women in accordance with the UNSC Resolution 2593 passed by India under the chairmanship of the Council in August 2021. He said the United Nations and regional organizations should assist national authorities in developing capacities to strengthen their national legal framework and relevant institutional structures to ensure accountability, check the punishment of perpetrators of violence against women.

He suggested supporting Member States to build capacity in post-conflict situations to meaningfully and institutionally address the inequalities and violence faced by women and ensure their full participation in decision-making. She said it is important to focus on women in peacebuilding efforts.

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Asserting that women police officers and peacekeepers play an indispensable role in advancing the women, peace and security agenda in post-conflict situations, Kamboj said India welcomes efforts towards a unified gender equality strategy that will lead to increased deployment of women peacekeepers.

Last Updated Mar 8, 2023, 11:27 AM IST


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