A practical toolkit for optimizing integration of a gender perspective into the various aspects of the New Deal needs to be developed.
This became clear in today’s panel discussion on gender inequality, fragility and the MDGs, co-organized by Cordaid as a side-event to the 58th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
The panelists included women representatives from Somalia, South Sudan and Afghanistan.
Insights from South Sudan, Somalia and Afghanistan were discussed, and how the lessons learned from these cases can be shared with other countries as they take their Peacebuilding Compacts forward.
The panelists including the honorable Khadija Mohamed Diriye (Minister of Women and Human Rights Development of Somalia), Ambassador Erik Laursen (Deputy Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN), Samira Hamidi (Afghan Women’s Network), Halima Ibrahim (Somali Civil Society Coalition), and Rita Martin (EVE Organisation for Women Development in South Sudan) discussed the insights gained so far from the three country cases.
It is critical that gender issues are included in the Peacebuilding Compacts from the very beginning, since the challenges of gender inequality and fragility in the post-2015 development agenda are already undermining the achievement of the MDGs.
The discussion showed that we have already learned many lessons about how to effectively integrate gender, and by combining these in a practical toolkit, we can provide other countries with step-by-step guidance and examples on how to optimize integration of a gender perspective into the various aspects of the New Deal.
“You cannot have institutions that are in silos. There needs to be an emphasis on cooperation. Looking forward we will work hard to hard to tear down those silos. With an emphasis on peace and security” stated Ambassador Erik Laursen (Deputy Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN) during the discussion.
Akinyi Walender, director of the Cordaid Women’s Leadership program, explains the importance of addressing gender issues in shaping the post-conflict landscape: “The empowerment of women is a critical element in the post-2015 development agenda, as gender inequality and fragility are all too often the root cause affecting peacebuilding activities. The international community needs to make a concerted effort to ensure that the new framework is inclusive and gender-sensitive.”
Akinyi Walender: “Looking forward we must include everyone in our peacebuilding and statebuilding.”
The next side event of March 14 will focus on the financing of Resolution 1325, through the formation of a Financing Workgroup.