UN announces initiative to boost women's role in conflict resolution

08:34, March 08, 2011      

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Michelle Bachelet, executive director of the UN gender equality body known as UN Women, has introduced an initiative that will enhance the role of women in conflict resolution, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said on Monday.

"The body will create an international roster of gender experts who can be rapidly deployed to work on issues such as constitutional law, electoral and party law, and legal aid -- all critical to post-conflict reconstruction process," Nesirky said.

The new initiative will help women's groups in post-conflict areas have their voices heard in the peace process, which has proved difficult in the past.

Bachelet called the roster of experts "a force multiplier for local women's movements that have seen their ranks decimated by conflict and instability," Nesirky said.

Bachelet announced the initiative in an address at the Roosevelt Public Policy Institute in New York, said the spokesman.

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

Source: Xinhua
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