South Africa views the UN's women, peace and security agenda as a means for women to mediate in conflict situations and as essential to end the use of force as a means of settling disputes.
South Africa had the honour to hold the rotational presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of October 2019. As part of our presidency, we put the issue of women's involvement in peace and security initiatives around the world firmly on the agenda.
We insisted on this because women from diverse contexts across the world continue to face obstacles and resistance, they continue to bear the brunt of armed conflict and their personal, economic, civil and political security is persistently undermined.
Women's efforts to ensure their participation in peace processes continue to be undermined and if we fail to address the barriers in the next 20 years and beyond, we must face the reality that we are falling short of our ambitions to realise the objectives we set as an international community. Together, the UN, member states, regional organisations, civil society and other actors supporting peace processes must hold each other accountable to maintain and go beyond the current progress in the...