July 12, 2024

Ethiopian president calls for women’s participation in diplomacy and peace-building

Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde has stressed the critical importance of increasing women’s involvement in diplomacy, conflict resolution, and peace-building during her address at the International Day of Women in Diplomacy event held at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) headquarters.

During an event to celebrate the International Day of Women in Diplomacy 2024, marking the 25th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, President Sahle-Work emphasized the necessity of full representation of women in all diplomatic and decision-making processes.

The president shared insights from her extensive experience in conflict resolution and peacebuilding across Africa and within the United Nations.

“Resolution 1325 of the UN Security Council heralds a better future for women, urging all actors to increase women’s participation and incorporate gender perspectives in all UN peace and security efforts,” said President Sahle-Work.

She called for collective action to amplify women’s voices on the global stage and to address the trauma faced by women in conflict-affected areas.

The event was attended by ambassadors and diplomats from various countries, representatives of international organizations, and other notable stakeholders to celebrate the 2024 International Day of Women in Diplomacy.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed June 24th each year as the International Day of Women in Diplomacy, reaffirming that equal participation of women and men at all decision-making levels is essential for achieving sustainable development, peace, and democracy.

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