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UN OFFICIAL CALLS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN SAHEL

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Added On July 12, 2018

The UN official made the remarks at the debate on women, peace and security in the Sahel, held at the Security Council on Tuesday.

 
Mohammed stressed the need to address the stark cost that women and girls pay for conflict.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): AMINA MOHAMMED, UN Deputy Secretary-General
"This was particularly evident in South Sudan, where we visited women in protection of civilian sites who spoke of the violence they face both inside and outside the camps. It was also borne out in the stories of women in rural areas of Chad, where the impact of Boko Haram has resulted in insecurity, loss of family members and the increased use of female suicide bombers."
 
Mohammed also emphasized the need for women's inclusion, representation and participation in all areas of society, saying women in the Sahel demand greater participation in decision-making.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): AMINA MOHAMMED, UN Deputy Secretary-General
"In South Sudan, they asked that their voices be heard in Juba, Addis Ababa and Khartoum in the peace process. In Chad and Niger, they advocated for implementation of legislation on a quota for political participation, and recognition of their role in the economy and in preventing violent extremism."
 
Mohammed also highlighted the need to stop fragile countries from becoming the failed states of tomorrow.
 
She asked the international community to boost their help.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): AMINA MOHAMMED, UN Deputy Secretary-General
"This means urgently increasing our budget support for development in these and other fragile countries. It is a matter of human dignity first and foremost. But it is also a matter of peace and security."
 
Mohammed warned that the cost of inaction is high. She said that poverty, weak institutions and gender inequality, including abhorrent practices such as child marriage, are creating an environment ripe for extremism.