Today’s Security Council meeting focused on the inescapable horrors women in Africa are faced with. Girls are abused, raped, and married off at an extremely young age, all causing detrimental physical and mental impacts. Women are being ostracized and ravaged, ending with their death or for those who survive, abandonment by society.
With continuous lack of support, the only door left open to many women is violent extremism. There needs to be an investment made into the individual human being. This means a greater investment in education, encouraging the capacity of young people and woman to forge their own life paths by providing opportunities, and giving healthcare, food, water.
Nevertheless, the perseverance of women in these areas only demonstrates immense strength. Women are actors of hope, quickly transforming from victim to survivor to a true agent of change. Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden – Margot Wallström expressed high hopes that within 10 years, women will have an increasing voice in places like the UN, along with gender being systematically included when reporting and monitoring globally.
Representatives of Peru, Kazahkstahn, and the Netherlands echoed concerns for the gender situation along with their support for the need for participation of women. The Russian Federation took a slightly different stance, stating the role of change falls to national governments, while the UN and Security Council members are most successful when providing aid to those governments. The United States reiterated the latter security council member’s statements on continuous support and concern for the situation. However, Ambassador Haley ended on an unpleasant note, inappropriately stating America’s Ivanka Trump is a symbol to these abused women of empowerment.
Meeting: Security Council; Meeting 8306; Peace and Security in Africa
Location/date/time: Security Council Chamber, UNHQ-NYC; July 10th 2018
Speakers: Bineta Diop, Special Envoy on Women, Peace and security; Margot Wallström, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden; H.E. Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra – Peru; Ambassador Kairat Umarov – Kazahkstahn; The Permanent Representative H.E. Mr. Karel J.G. van Oosterom – Netherlands; Ambassador Karan Pierce – Permanent Representative of UK to UN; Mr.Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations; Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of United States to United Nations
Written by: WIT Representative Ariel Granat