UAE addresses the Women, Peace and Security National Action Plan

The Secretary-General of the General Women’s Union, GWU, Noura Al Suwaidi, reiterated the UAE’s contribution to advancing the women’s peace and security agenda.

Women rights matter in the UAE

The UAE and UN WOMEN (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment) announced the first and second rounds of the Arab Women’s Military and Peacekeeping Initiative (2019-2010) at the Khawla bint Al Azwar Military Academy for Women under the patronage of H.H. Al Suwaidi. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union, GWU, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Foundation for Family Growth, FDF. The initiative was set up by the Ministry of Defense of the UAE and the GWU in September 2018 to build and improve women ‘s capacities in the military and peacekeeping fields.

She commended the leadership role of the UAE in promoting the agenda of Women’s Peace and Stability, WPS.

The first workshop, attended by 30 members of ministries and agencies of the federal government, discussed the new model of the core goals of the draught NAP for the UAE and studied the NAPs established by Canada, Finland and Norway.

Women, peace and Security

In June 2020, the GWU was assigned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to begin the task of creating its first National Action Plan, NAP, on Women , Peace and Security. 84 UN member states have already formed their NAP so far.

The resolution reaffirms that women have an important role to play in conflict prevention and resolution, peace talks, peace building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and post-conflict reconstruction.

It encourages all players to increase women’s involvement and to integrate gender viewpoints into the activities of the United Nations in the area of peace and security. It also calls for all parties to take extra steps to protect women and girls in situations of armed conflict from gender-based violence, especially rape and other types of sexual assault.

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