Meeting of CEEAC countries to validate Regional Plan of Action

The eleven members of CEEAC (Economic Community of Central African States) have held a validation workshop for the Regional Plan of Action for the application of Resolution 1325 of the United Nations Security Council.

The workshop, held in the Congo capital on 23rd and 24th May, was jointly organised by the CEEAC General Secretary and the Regional Office of the United Nations for Central Africa (UNOCA).

Adopted on 31st October 2000 by the United Nations Security Council, Resolution 1325 reaffirms, among other things “the important role of women in the prevention of conflicts, the resolution of conflicts, and the consolidation of peace”. It also emphasises, “the importance of their equal participation in all efforts to maintain and promote peace, security and their full participation”.

In addition, the Resolution specifies that more women should take part “in the decisions taken for the prevention and resolution of disputes”. Likewise, this resolution stresses “the need to scrupulously respect the provisions of international humanitarian law and the instruments of Human Rights that protect the rights of women and girls during and after conflicts”.

Furthermore, it calls on all players in the negotiation and application of peace, to adopt a focus that guarantees gender equality, taking into account the specific needs of women and girls, during repatriation and reintegration and reconstruction following a conflict.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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