Aisha Buhari Issues A Call To Action At UNGA77 To Encourage Women’s Engagement
Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, the First Lady of Nigeria, and other powerful women in Africa on Thursday issued a call to action to encourage equal involvement of women of all ages in establishing peace and making decisions at all levels.
The women reportedly started the action at a gathering in New York on, “The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security: Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings’’.
The African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) organized the High-Level event in conjunction with the present 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.
Mrs. Buhari, the president of the AFLPM, led other influential women in calling for action on women’s participation in peacebuilding while Mrs. Angeline Ndayishimiye, the first lady of Burundi, signed the letter on behalf of the African First Ladies.
The proclamation was signed in front of Mrs. Dominique Quattara, the First Lady of Cote d’Ivoire, after it had been read by Ms. Nadage Afoutou, a Young Women Peace Builder.
Young Women Involved in Peace and Security from the Sahel spokesperson Afoutou discussed the difficulties and crises that young women encounter in the Sahel during her remarks.
According to the representative, her organisation the United Network of Young Peacebuilder rely on four pillars of the UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security to build sustainable peace.
“We prioritise three axes to protect girls and young women from freedom of want and freedom of fear. Our theory of change is that educated girls, trained and financially independent women have information and power.
“This power will reduce structural and personal vulnerabilities while increasing their resilience,’’ she said.
The first axe, according to her, focuses on creating capacity to pave the way for economic empowerment; the second, a female leadership program and boot camps; and the third, women’s political engagement.
The responsibility to act rests with the stakeholders, according to Ms. Stefania Gianini, Assistant Director-General for Education (Education sector) at UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
According to Gianini, it is the top women’s obligation to rally support for increasing the participation of women in bringing about peace in Africa.
“It is my hope and belief that all active structures on the ground come together to form a single, unified coalition.
“Be assured of UNESCO’s willingness to revitalise these networks as we endeavour to complement our efforts through culture, as it’s about what we are.
“It’s about what we are, Education, as we are actually what we learn and Women leadership, as women care and the world increasingly needs a new kind of caring leadership,’’ she said
In accordance with the G5 Sahel Strategy for Development and Security, she claims that UNESCO’s efforts to promote a culture of peace and non-violence continue to support Agenda 2030, in particular SDG 16 on peace, justice, and strong institutions, and the Aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063. (SDS).
According to NAN, the occasion fell on the same day as the 22nd anniversary of the passage of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS), which was followed by nine further resolutions to develop the WPS framework.
The first international legal and political framework acknowledging the disparate effects of armed conflict on women as well as the critical position of women in peacebuilding was established by Resolution 1325.
It recognized the significance of women’s involvement and the importance of taking a gender-based viewpoint into account when organizing humanitarian efforts, peacekeeping missions, and post-conflict rebuilding and governance.
The Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agenda was outlined in Security Council resolution 2250, which was adopted in 2015.
By incorporating an ageing lens and stressing the unique needs, experiences, and aspirations of young women and men, YPS resolutions have subsequently served to build and expand the global normative frameworks for sustainable, comprehensive, and inclusive peace.