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Gender-responsive justice system key to sustainable peace

Gender-responsive justice system key to sustainable peace

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KABABAIHAN
at
KAPAYAPAAN
March 2014
MANILA
– Sensitivity to the needs of women in the justice system is vital to ensuring sustainable peace, according to a former United Nations (UN)
ofcial.
“We need to bear in mind that a
gender-responsive justice system is
an integral element of effective peace processes and a necessary component
of nation-building activities in post-conict situations,” said former UN Undersecretary-General
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury at the “Workshop on Women, Peace
and Security in ASEAN” held at the Mandarin Hotel in Makati in December
last year. 
Chowdhury added that women’s
participation in the peace process is also important as the development of
a gender-responsive justice system
“is one of the priority concerns they
raise.”
 “Such a justice system helps to break the continuing cycle of violence
Gender-responsive justice system key to sustainable peace
against women, and ensures their meaningful participation not only in peace negotiations, but in rebuilding their communities and
in transforming their societies,” he
stated. In his keynote speech, Chowdhury remarked that women have always been seen as “helpless victims of
wars and conicts” and their role on
cultivating peace in their communities
“has often been overlooked.” He added
that in reality, women have proven their capacities as peacemakers. “They assumed activist roles during
conicts while holding together
their families and communities. At the grassroots and community levels, women have organized to resist militarization, to create space for dialogue and moderation and to weave together the shattered fabric of
society.”
 “This should make us determined to ensure that women have more avenues to promote peace, not only at the local level but also at the national,
regional and global level,” said
Chowdhury who, during his time as president of the UN Security Council, worked towards the adoption of UN
Security Council Resolution 1325,
which recognizes the role of women in peace and security. On the same note, Ambassador
Rosario G. Manalo, Philippine
Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), also stressed that women should not be seen only as victims of war but critical participants in peace building. 
“Women’s participation is vital for conict prevention work,
and women have a right to fully
participate in decision-making
regarding the future of their communities and to have barriers
to that decision-making based
on gender discrimination fully
dismantled,” she stated.
 
NEWS
Former UN Under-Secretary-General Amb. Anwarul K. Chowdhury and Philippine Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights Amb. Rosario G. Manalo both addressed gender advocates from various sectors during the “Workshop on Women, Peace and Security in ASEAN” held at the Mandarin Hotel in Makati in December last year.

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