23 September 2009

Uganda: Country to Use Women in Peace Building

Kampala — Uganda has agreed to have more women participate in peace building initiatives as part of its National Action Plan.

The plan has been developed by the Ministry of Gender in line with the UN Security Council resolutions that focus on women's participation in all peace and security initiatives.

Speaking at the end of a three-day meeting organised by United Nations Development Fund at the weekend in Kampala, the Director for Gender, Ms Jane Mpagi, said involving more women in peace building would mean having a more inclusive approach towards security.

She said the initiative will also address the key social and economic issues affecting women.

Ms Mpagi said the UN Security Council resolutions are important to Uganda because they guarantee that women are involved in the reconstruction process and that their needs are reflected across sectors as an integral part to peace building.

The State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Ms Jessica Alupo, said the government is committed to implementing provisions of the Security Council resolutions and also tracking the progress that will be made by Uganda.

The country manager for the United Nations Development Fund for Women in Uganda, Ms Jebber Forster, noted that one of the significant results of Uganda's implementation of the Security Council resolution is the inclusion of women as observers in the Juba peace talks.

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