FIJI: UN Security Council passes resolution to address women's contributions

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Fiji Village
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
General Women, Peace and Security

The Resolution 1325 is the first resolution ever passed by the UN Security Council which laid the foundation for equal participation by women in the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, conflict preventions, peace negotiations, peacekeeping, operations, humanitarian assistance and post conflict reconstruction.

The resolution was launched today by the Pacific Islands Forum Chair, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Honorable Henry Puna at the Pacific Forum Island Secretariat which is called the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

The Regional Action Plan is provided to strengthen the regional peace and security through the practical integration of gender equality and women's rights commitments.

While giving his address, the PIFS Chairperson, Honorable Henry Puna said that women and girls of the Pacific have suffered as victims of armed conflicts and social unrest but managed to shoulder the responsibility of caring and providing for their families and communities in times of societal tensions.

Honorable Puna suggested to his fellow Pacific Leaders to send more women to represent their countries in decision making processes relating to peace and security matters such as the Forum Regional Security Committees.