NOVEMBER 10, 2010: Post Conflict Recovery Still a Challenge, Says EU

Post Conflict Recovery Still a Challenge, Says EU

SOURCE: The Monitor

By Evelyn Lirri


Post-conflict recovery remains a critical challenge for women and girls in northern Uganda, which is emerging from two decades of war, the European Union (EU) has said.

Speaking during a debate on the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, Mr Jose Soler, the deputy ambassador to the EU, said there must be deliberate efforts to address peace and security concerns of women.

Recovery

"Uganda is now starting to recover from two decades of conflict, however, the impact of that conflict on women and girls and their particular needs in the process of demobilisation and reintegration is a very real challenge," said Mr Soler. He, however, said he was optimistic that the UN Security Council resolution on women peace and security would be implemented to address the needs of women and children affected by conflict. The 10-year resolution 1325 recognises that women are rarely involved in decisions to wage war even though they bear the brunt of atrocities committed in conflict situations.

Resolution

The resolution seeks to protect women from violence, particularly sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict situations. It recognises that despite being the most affected by conflict, fewer women are taking part in post-conflict recovery in many post war countries like Uganda.

Water and Environment Minister Maria Mutagamba called for the increased role of women in conflict prevention, mediation, and resolution. She said Uganda is on course to address many of the resolutions, including increasing women's representation and participation in conflict resolution and peace processes. The Gulu Woman MP, Ms Betty Ochan, said despite the end of the war, violence against women remains a big problem.

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