Women, peace and security - "Fear must change sides" [fr]

OPEN DEBATE ’WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY’

« PROTECTING PARTICIPATION: COMBATING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN PEACE AND SECURITY PROCESSES »

STATEMENT BY MR NICOLAS DE RIVIERE,
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF FRANCE TO THE UNITED NATIONS

TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL

(Translation from French)

New York, 18 January 2022

Madam President,

France welcomes the holding of this debate on your initiative. I would like to thank High Commissioner Bachelet and the speakers from civil society for their presentations. Through them, the indispensable role of all women peace builders and defenders of rights has been highlighted.

This meeting is also timely, given the very serious threats to women in Afghanistan at the moment.

Our exchanges have allowed us to underscore the violence, intimidation and reprisals against women in peace processes. France is concerned by the increase in these acts. It condemns all attacks on the participation of women in peace processes.

It is unacceptable that anyone should be targeted as part of their commitment to peace. These attacks are contrary to all the values and principles of the Charter. We must act upon these attacks :

1/ First of all, fear must change sides. The perpetrators of these acts must be held accountable and be brought to justice;
2/ Secondly, in accordance with the "Women, Peace and Security" resolutions, States must put in place security conditions that allow committed women to carry out their activities without undue interference. Prevention and early warning mechanisms must be put in place, with the support of the United Nations where relevant;
3/ We call on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to continue its documentation work and to gather best practices in this regard. Strong support must be provided to all civil society actors who may be subject to threats, intimidation or reprisals;
4/ Finally, we must continue our efforts for the full implementation of all the Women, Peace and Security resolutions.

France is implementing an ambitious feminist diplomacy. It hosted the Generation Equality Forum in Paris in June 2021, in partnership with Mexico, UN Women, civil society and youth. This meeting launched a new dynamic, based on strong commitments to the rights of women and girls. More than 40 billion dollars in funding was announced to support a global plan to accelerate equality by 2026. France also wants to lead by example. It has launched its 3rd National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security in June 2021. It has also joined the Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action.

In the Security Council, as in all fora, France will continue to ensure that civil society actors can participate in all relevant discussions and that they can brief without fearing for their safety.

Rest assured, Madam President, that France will continue its determined action in favour of the full implementation of the Women, Peace and Security resolutions, and in particular the provisions relating to the fight against reprisals.

I thank you.

Dernière modification : 18/01/2022

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