Side by Side -- Women, Peace and Security

you the film you're about to see brings you face to face with one of the most important challenges of our times protecting and empowering the world's women during and after conflict this is a top priority for the entire United Nation system and for me personally as Secretary General women's experiences of war are different than those of men that is one of key insights contained in Security Council resolution 1325 adopted in the year 2000 and the landmark step in raising global awareness about women peace and security the resolution also recognized that women are a powerful yet untapped force for peace our challenge is to act on this understanding the peacekeeping missions we deploy and the peace negotiations we support must have gender equality at their heart we also have a collective responsibility to combat sexual violence against women and girls to seek justice and end impunity for these crimes the documentary you are about to see shows what the United Nations and its partners are doing to meet this challenge you will meet peacekeepers activists humanitarians and survivors women and men across the world who are champions of this course you will hear difficult testimony about the obstacles we face and about the mindset that are often so hard to change but you will also hear from women who have survived the conflict or overcome other difficulties to make a real difference for their communities and our common future but our achievements have not yet matched the magnitude of the challenge I am strongly committed to doing more I urge viewers everywhere to do their part empowering women and girls for peace and development is the smartest and most overdue investment the international community can make in securing or just and peaceful future for all in October 2000 the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 1325 this resolution highlighted how women are particularly affected by conflict and recognize that women's full participation in peace processes can significantly contribute to the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security since the adoption of resolution 1325 the issue of women peace and security has continued to gain attention with growing recognition that engagement with women and their active participation in decision-making are instrumental to the protection of women and the prevention of armed conflict and that the increased participation of women in post-conflict decision-making and recovery is a linchpin to sustainable peace for a long time women didn't really get to have a place at the tables which were negotiating peace seeing through the post-conflict agendas developing the strategies going forward some UN Security Council had this landmark resolution on women peace and security it recognized that women suffers differently on conflict and that they needed specific policies and programs but on the other hand they acknowledge that women were part of the solution so everything from how to address women's participation and demobilization and reintegration processes how to ensure that in the security sector reform processes women's participation and protection issues are being addressed labor since women all over the world who adopted it as their platform for enabling them to argue the case for them to be involved in peace processes for the past 21 years women have been a symbol of resilience in Somalia men have gone to fight families have been separated and the victims have been mainly women but it is the women who have succeeded to keep their families together it is the women who have shown the way there was one woman I met who we were talking about needs in terms of food and water and shelter and she said to me but what I really need what I really need the most is white cloth and I looked at her and the white cloth what would you been eating that for and she said the least I can do she said I couldn't feed my children but the least I can do is give them an honorable burial and that voice that incredibly powerful mother's voice for her for her recovery and for forgiving society back together and being able to at least say that they had been dying with dignity was something that was so important and I think that those voices have to be heard women make up 50% of the population how can you possibly attempt to create and maintain international peace and security when you're excluding 50% of the population women and Dolezal those most affected by violence and conflict should also be seen as change makers as peace builders as people who can create a future it's not going to just happen overnight because we are changing the ways in which people are thinking about peace and security it's about those community groups and the responsibilities of the state first and foremost to ensure that there is a safe space for people to be able to talk and engage and raise issues that there are systems of the state particularly the police to provide the kind of protection that anyone in the society it's not just about women's protection but everyone you know in the war we are just survived what day if you sleep until tomorrow you ten guards any refugee camp women they are suffer their violence is too much is too much it's many anyway you go to fresh water experience you go to my kid violence we used to go fishing with some ladies to get soup they will stand in a bush watching your after fishing while your catfish they come with their colors they said give me everything if we may go out looking for food they might be captured by rebels and they will be used as a human shield very hard for women are deaf done different conflicts in the latter part of the 20th century drew international attention to the vulnerability and exploitation of women as victims of gender-based violence and as the chief sufferers of dispossession and displacement conflict destructs people's lives and women and children particularly are the first to be displaced and they lose the lands and they lose everything even after on weekends women will not go back to too far they won't go back to the productive activities girls won't will go back to school because are no securities I have accounts from women you know giving birth near Greeks a lot of young girls who got in the war who never went to finish school high school was in high school and they were forced to get married as teenagers just so that they had are men to stand by them for protection it's really important that we look at the range of threats and the range of experience that crises have on women and men so to ensure that say women that are displaced by a conflict or crises have sufficient assistance such as food water and shelter and there are big issues for people in terms of the violence that they have encountered the abuse that they've encountered all of which has a huge impact on them psychologically women and children and occasionally men a subject of sexual violence in conflict zones and this is often used as a weapon of war the international community has recognized this and started to respond I think we're fighting these three misconceptions first that it is inevitable that this is a part of every war since the beginning of time secondly that it is unspeakable that this assistance it's about sex they think we're it's about something that is so shameful that it should not be dimension and the shame falls on the victims and other perpetrators and thirdly that this is a lesser crime perpetrators are using sexual violence to displace populations for instance to send messages to send signals it's in a sense a method of total warfare you are a 20 year old young lieutenant or Lance Corporal going on a night patrol and you face a 30 year old girl and being gang-raped by four other rebels or Congolese or government soldiers what are you going to do I have been for 39 years in Rico I thought that I had seen all the atrocities that you can think of I was not prepared for sexual violence what I saw on sexuality I was not so if I'm not prepared then how can be the Lance Corporal that we were talking about facing the 30 year old girl being angry what are you gonna do you cannot walk away from it you have to take action peacekeeping operations play an important role in the protection of women and girls specialized training for peacekeepers on how to address conflict related sexual violence has been developed however what is also needed to support this is better system-wide protection of the vulnerable including better data to enable better responses to sexual and gender-based violence many actors both international and local are working to achievements in a Congo we have organized networks of people around the villages actually supplying them with cell phones or the immediate information that allows us to react and we have also organized a small patrols to escort women going to the market place we have a concept of community policy to actually engage the communities through the process and bridging the garbage in the communities and the police to ensure that be able to provide a protective blankets women and girls they know themselves what the threats are that they face and they should be determining the solutions so no matter how difficult it is to access them no matter what the security issues are it's absolutely imperative that women and girls are involved in the design of the solutions for them invest heavily in women listen to the women in the villages advocate with your opponents to stop the violence make sure that your troops are really prepared for it while system-wide protection is improving the international community has also strengthened its mechanisms to hold perpetrators to account the secretary-general is now able to list those parties credibly suspected of committing or being responsible for patterns of sexual violence in situations on security council's agenda in international humanitarian law the law of war you find in the for Geneva Conventions and there two additional protocols many many statements about the fact that sexual violence is prohibited we see at the International Criminal Court the sexual violence is a war crime prosecuting sexual violence even in peacetime is a very difficult thing how do we do it without further making the life and experience of the survivor horrific I think we need a equally as serious and intense focus in spotlight on men as perpetrators and we travel we ask the question you know well what does it cost in this community to rape a girl the question is not understood at first what what do you mean costs and this is what we have to change sadly sometimes those responsible for providing protection may be the perpetrators in field operations where international organizations are operating women and children who are caught up in conflict are particularly vulnerable and can be sexually exploited by those charged with their protection sexual exploitation and abuse whenever it occurs not only harms the victims but also jeopardizes the reputation of the organizations involved the Secretary General has made it extremely clear loud and clear that he wanted zero tolerance the reality is that external actors such as humanitarian agencies such as please keeping forces are an immensely powerful position it's critical that the external actors humanitarian agencies military forces police forces they've got to proper training proper processes in place around child protection around sexual abuse and the like that's fatal the first things education to be educated because audits people especially women's we are suffering we don't know what to do and then we don't know what is going on because most of women's we didn't go to school if a group of women work for peace and security for example at the military area or as a police woman then other young girls will be encouraged to join them I do to food they story of back home to our children and I do tell them be the children for the future because the country will walk there is no any benefit be a peace be a children of peace as well as effective responses to violence a greater emphasis on preventing the impact of conflict on women is fundamental to moving the women peace and security agenda for incorporating a gender perspective in conflict prevention activities and strategies and recognizing the role of women in preventing conflict is key you need to still continue working stronger to see how we can prevent violence against women from happening we have done a lot and we have been training our peacekeepers at peace forces first of all just understanding the vulnerability but beyond that ensuring that we address address it from a preventive perspective you know educating women and girls about those vulnerabilities and empowering them to be able to prevent gender-based violence early warning indicators allow steps to be taken to recognize and address further escalation of conflict we recently compiled a matrix of early warning signs and indicators of conflict related sexual violence things like escalated anti women propaganda changes in women's mobility patterns women no longer going to markets girls no longer attending schools women seeking abortions and reproductive health care things like that indicating that sexual violence was going on under the radar police play a key role in prevention by working at the community level in both cities and villages what more can be done is to have a more preventive approach and that could be early warning system getting to build a trust amongst them self to know how to to react when they see threats or lists they see something coming many new strategies have been developed to increase the international community's capacity to respond to violence against women including by using female interpreters data collectors gender advisors and female police officers with these new approaches interactions and communication with women and the local community becomes more effective and leads to a better understanding of the community's needs I had an experience in one refugee camp I tried to speak with the women there try to find that if they have other problems and food and so on and the translator was a man and women will tell me no no everything's fine everything's fantastic and then I got going into a small room with a small group of women with a female translator and the kind of things that Grameen were completely different everything was happening from FGM from rape and so on everywhere we have female officers deployed we see the difference their understanding of the situation in order to have an early warning I also their capacity to reason the the confidence that they can build immediately with the women that are in difficulties are an important asset one of the things that the UN did which really helped a lot to encourage women to join the police was a deployment of the all-female form police unit from India to Liberia I was impressed with their professionalism and their expertise I asked to be taken online patrol in Monrovia and as the headlights swept Iran has been there were three uniformed police officers a Liberian national police officer another international female police officer and member the all-female police unit who is the only one who was art and I could see the other two were really comfortable that she was there provided their protection the women decided to create their own mechanism called the Peace Hut's they didn't want to call them trouble they wanted to call them something positive and inside those Peace huts they're also adjudicating on issues of marital disputes small property disputes domestic violence issues the police are now reporting in some communities that they're getting fewer and fewer calls about domestic violence because the peace hub women are actually solving these problems before they escalate into violence recently governments have been developing national action plans to support the implementation of the women peace and security agenda they set out a range of activities that you're actually going to undertake to promote women peace and security and then they actually make government's accountable a key factor in preventing violence against women and in ensuring their inclusion in peace building is the need for strong role models both male and female we consult with men of all ages because it's often the men who will be working as advocates in their communities as leaders in their communities to speak out against violence removing discrimination against women by providing equal property rights access to their inheritance and equal opportunities in education is an important preventative step in many post-conflict situations up to 40% or more of households or female-headed because of male death disappearance desertion migration in African societies women cannot inherit or cannot assume automatically the property of their disappeared spouses so they may often be destitute lacking any productive assets upon which they can build a post-conflict livelihood young women young modest teenage mothers we're coming out no to seek help for especially functional literacy in functional meds you know a young mother will tango you know a nurse gives you medicine to take home for my child I need to be able to read you know like what tom has five mixes when I go to a store I need to know that I've been given the right change number 2 akaash Frankel Heil I can help my egg Marcus tomato battler guy Marco hakama common career mode is not we face how we grow up women we know have anything to say I think they need to know they write they need to know they have right to speak out they need to know they can bring peace give empowerment to women who have a say in this world we want to stop the the world because war is killing our children we really want the world attention to be continued for women's support in Afghanistan and that's the hardly hope of Afghan women we need to stand firm we need to let the people know that some of these things are wrong they are not good for us anymore situation is yes is very hard Herman Rajat and perseverance educated the human know give up no peace rock our contributions and peacemaking is very very important because as women we do have greater ideas that we can give to the communities so we should be involved in peacemaking resolution 1325 and subsequent resolutions call for strengthening women's participation as peacemakers and peace builders including in peace processes and governance mechanisms while the benefits of including women in conflict resolution and peace building are well documented the reality is that women are largely excluded from formal peace processes and the institutions that can prevent manage and resolve conflict during 1990 to 2010 you've seen more than 565 a peace agreement and peace settlement only in 16 percent of them the men the world women issues mentioned all in 7 percent of them gender equality of women's rights mentioned and only 3 percent of them a gender-based violence is mentioned in all of them their worst gender-based violence and women's right were violated but to tell you that it's not yet there we're not yet there one of the problems is of course is that these conflicts seem to be endemic and they repeat themselves over and over again and we need to beat that cycle we need to start solving problems other than just letting the three or four guys who were leading the armies sit down and cut and take the the results and try to divide them up among themselves so it's absolutely critical that over half of the society that's there it's bearing most of the brunt be involved in the peace agreement all the civil society conferences we have been holding workshops we always insists that there must be touching pieces representation there's still resentment particularly in the establishment about social representation they are not allowed to always say when when are discussing not allowed to take part in decision-making and all of that those traditions still persist Rwanda is the one octopod most where 34% of parliamentarians are women and it's not just having women in Parliament but then seeing the bills that are passed as a result and one can see the results there today women's role in public life for me is very important the power of women's own advocacy must not be underestimated international support for local organizations can help to strengthen the voices of women around the world a lot gets said about the need for capacity building and capacity strengthening and that is certainly there but there is also a lot of capacity that does exist within these communities we also as a human organization very often work with women to try and find solutions for other women so one also has to take remove a little bit this notion that there women are only victims now they're very much actors of their situations they want to influence and therefore one also has to work with their sense of resilience in their real capacities to influence change among their community we need to support very strong organization women's organizations that have been in their own countries a fighting for peace and to help them that their voices will be heard because they are there they have been doing their job I can cite the movement known as matters for peace the members of which do a lot of capacity building for women in their area they also mobilize resources for you know small projects they link up the the women in the communities to other institutions so that they can find out how how these agencies can help this women on the ground even in very so-called repressive societies you will find a plethora of women's organizations who are working very very hard to build peace in their communities that's not to say that it's easy or that it's not very dangerous for some of them while the women peace and security agenda has progressed and strategies and training tools have been developed to empower and achieve better protection prevention and participation of women more remains to be done building effective institutional arrangements to guarantee women's protection and their full participation in peace processes will pay dividends by building a better more resilient future which will support the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security there's a lot of skills love training a lot of support a lot of empowerment of women to be done but what we know is that women are peacemakers that women want to be involved that they've played very important roles in a number of countries which have been through a great trauma and from the the best experiences and practices we've seen around the world we can support other women to play these roles imagine the discussion that would happen if 20 men were in a room talking about what they need for the future then imagine the discussion if 20 women were in the room talking about what they need for the future both discussions are going to be incredibly different and varied but imagine if we had a room where we had 10 women and 10 men talking about what they need for the future and how they can build a sustainable peace for the future generations so challenge ourselves set benchmarks that deliver on the on the standards it has to have real impact which is visible the judge of our effort is ultimately the communities that we are serving but the international community needs to do at this point is take responsibility for the commitments it's already made every time there's work done on preventive diplomacy every time there's work done in a peace process every time there's rebuilding financing support given to the rebuilding of institutions post-conflict the questions must be asked where are women and and am I including women's rights in all of these efforts so I think that would be great for women if they want them to involve in peace Nikki so we do everything we do 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  2. Hope that most people will watch this video… In my opinion, Women are the soul of the world. They are our mothers, they give life…They are LIFE!!! This means they are essential to peacekeeping missions!!! They ar naturally designed to restaure peace and keep LIFE where there is conflict…. We need their smiling faces where there are suffering and pain, where children faces are full of tears… We need them as they carry the world in their hearts.

  3. Creo firmemente que este material es demasiado importante para que no sea subtitulado en varios idiomas y fragmentado en tres partes para su mejor divulgación. Hay diferentes temáticas sobre la mujer, en todas las esferas, y se necesita sensibilizar el mayor número de personas, agentes gubernamentales, y no gubernamentales. Así como promover un activismo cada vez más apoyado y seguro.

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