The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has appealed for the active and consequential inclusion of women in conflict resolutions.
Kadaga told delegates at the Ninth Conference of Parliamentary Muslim Women held during the Parliamentary Union of Islamic Cooperation (PUIC) Conference on Wednesday in Burkina Faso that international bodies and governments should consult and involve women in mitigating conflicts existing around the world.
The Conference was part of a series of meetings related to the 15th session of the PUIC conference under the theme; Youth, the future of PUIC running from the 27th to the 30th of January 2020, in Ouagadougou.
“It is a matter of grave concern that we have very few women who lead peace missions; the former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon advised that women be appointed as special envoys but that has not been realised,” said Kadaga.
Kadaga noted that many countries in Africa are still experiencing conflicts requiring the participation of more women as special envoys to conflict resolution missions but not only taking advisory roles.
“On these missions, women are taken up as gender advisors with no guarantee of their advice being seriously adopted,” she added.
The Speaker stressed that the concerns of women and children should also be addressed as victims of conflict.
“We want post-conflict management programs that are designed for women because they face challenges unique to gender during and after conflicts. This can only be realised with more women inclusion,” she said.
Kadaga reminded that participants that while men have the authority and means to start wars, women tend to look for alternative means of family survival during conflict.
According to the Speaker, women are gifted with the abilities to work together to mobilise their children and societies towards recovery from conflict.
Speaker Kadaga further acknowledged member states of PUIC that have responded to the cry for more involvement of women in key political positions citing UAE appointing the first female leader of the National Assembly, Amal Al Qubaisi and Bahrain first female Speaker of the Council of Representatives, Fawzia Abdulla Yusuf Zainal.
The meeting adopted the proposals which were ratified in the general session of the PUIC as resolutions of the Parliamentary Women Muslims.
PUIC is composed of 54 member states including Uganda the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation founded in Iran in 1999.