Open debate of the Security Council on women and peace and security
In her intervention at the open debate of the Security Council, the Permanent Representative renewed Luxembourg’s commitment to the collective effort of combating conflict-related sexual violence, and welcomed the Secretary-General’s latest report which illustrates in a very worrying way how impunity relating to past human rights abuses, in particular acts of sexual violence during the armed conflict, is a major factor undermining early recovery and peace consolidation, and frequently allows sexual violence to persist post-conflict.
Ambassador Lucas indicated how Luxembourg, since the last public debate of the Council on the issue on 28 October 2011, has further intensified its commitment to support women in armed conflict, including through a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of the team of experts of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.
In the DRC, a sub-regional workshop was thus organized in November 2011 in Goma, with the support of Luxembourg, by the Office of Gender Affairs of MONUSCO to promote exchange of experiences between women's organizations in the Great Lakes region on peace, security and the prevention of election-related violence. The workshop aimed to help reduce the risk of outbreak of conflicts before, during and after elections. Training was also offered to improve the conditions of participation of women in elections at the provincial and local levels in the DRC. With the support of Luxembourg, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations has been able to implement similar initiatives in Timor-Leste and in Haiti.
This year, again with Luxembourg’s support, a national workshop will be held in the Republic of South Sudan, and a workshop for West Africa in Liberia, with the same objective: to strengthen the contribution UN peacekeeping operations are making to ensure increased representation of women at all levels in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict.