SecurityWomen addresses the President of the UN General Assembly

Patrick Gruban
December 11, 2021

On 17th November 2021, the President of the UN General Assembly, his Excellency Mr Abdulla Shahid from the Maldives, held a Town Hall meeting with civil society within the United Nations HQ in New York. SecurityWomen was called to ask a question:

In an ever more volatile, dangerous world, how can women have a greater role in security sector institutions to enable a better security for every person in society?

Women should be seen as equal partners in the protection of citizens and in the prevention of conflict. We particularly need more female peacekeepers, broadening the skill set within peacekeeping missions, and helping prevent more confrontation and conflict.

Security is seen as men’s domain, but we need gender equality in all spheres of life,including in security sector institutions, to bring a better security for everyone. Women’s leadership is vital to change the culture of policing and armed forces across the world where macho and aggressive masculinities have dominated for far too long and Violence Against Women and Girls is not prioritised. We need to stamp out sexual harassment, abuse and discrimination within our security institutions, and create an environment where women can thrive and be themselves.

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