Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gholam Ali Khoshroo has recently highlighted the important role of women in promoting peace and stability across the world and said Tehran backs the UN’s decision to include women’s leadership in “Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism”.

“Women are a key resource for promoting peace and stability,” Khoshroo said in a statement, addressing the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women and Peace and Security in New York.

He stated that women’s participation and inclusion makes humanitarian assistance more effective, strengthens the protection of civilians, contributes to the political settlement of disputes and helps maintain sustainable peace and accelerates economic recovery

Khoshroo noted that the adoption of the agenda for sustainable development, the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action all reminds people that there is strong direct relation between sustainable peace and security and sustainable development, and the fact that women and girls must be at the forefront of programs designed to attain sustainable development, peace and security.

“it is very commendable that the Security Council Resolution 1325 on “women, peace and security” is also focusing on the specific impact of armed conflict on women, the positive role they can play in conflict prevention and resolution, peacekeeping and peace building as well as the important roles women can play to keep and strengthen peace and security in local, regional and international levels” he said.

The UN Envoy maintained thatIran strongly condemns the barbaric acts of the terrorist and violent extremists groups as well as indiscriminate attacks against civilians, including women and children, and supports the  Secretary-General’s decision to include women’s participation, leadership, and empowerment, as keys drivers, in his “Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism”.

“It is very unfortunate that women are among the main victims of these situations, grappling with the scourge of violent extremism and terrorism. The spread of violent extremism and takfiri ideology, that has no respect for women, threatens in an unprecedented way the life and rights of women and girls in our region. Women and girls have suffered the most and been targeted for systematic sexual exploitation and slavery, rape and other forms of sexual violence against by extremists and terrorists groups”.

He urged the international community should make clear at every step that there would never be any leniency for those who subject women and girls to the most inhumane acts of corporal and mental violence.

Source: Tasnim News Agency

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