India underscores need for UNSC to integrate women effectively

Underscoring the need for the United Nations Security Council to effectively integrate women, peace and security considerations into the sanctions regimes, India in a statement to the Security Council open debate on Women, Peace and Security said, “Violence against women and girls perpetrated by terrorists deserve our strong condemnation. Such women-targeted violence distorts the very basis on which civilised societies rest.”

It must be noted that women, despite UN efforts, form only 5.4 per cent of the military and 15.1 per cent of police in peacekeeping operations.

Noting that conflict and humanitarian crises hold women and girls back from progress, it added further, “It is also important that the Council strives to effectively integrate WPS (Women, Peace and Security) considerations into sanctions regimes, including by listing terrorist entities involved in violence against women in armed conflicts.”

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