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International Women’s Day

Women Peacemakers Declaration - March 2007

Women Peacemakers Statement

On the occasion of International Women’s Day

8 March 2007

We, the women peacemakers gathered here today on 8 March 2007 at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to take part in the International Round Table on “Women Peacemakers”,

Convinced of the crucial and central role of women in formal and informal peace-making and that there can be no lasting peace without gender equality,

Convinced that women should receive equal visibility and resources to carry out their peace efforts,

Noting the recognition by the international community of the critical contributions of women in peace building processes and the intention of the international community to include women in conflict prevention, resolution and post-conflict reconstruction in a systematic and meaningful way,

Determined to pursue our governments’ commitment to the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, adopted in October 2000,

Request continued support from UNESCO for:

• Women’s leadership in all aspects of peace-making and peace-building efforts, from post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation to full recovery and the prevention of conflict,
• Women’s full and equal participation in all democratic and decision making processes,
• Building empowering social, political and cultural environments that sustain women’s peace efforts and secure lasting gains in favour of gender equality.
• Sustaining women’s efforts in peace negotiations and post-conflict processes.

We, congratulate UNESCO on this initiative to amplify women’s voices and women’s action for peace.

Sylvie Kinigi

Luz Mendez

Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold

Mobina Jaffer

Swanee Hunt





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