« Women’s contributions towards peaceful society can’t be underestimated » – Ibn Chambas
Accra, Feb. 14, GNA – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the
United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas,
reiterated the commitment of the United Nations and
ECOWAS « to give priority to the protection and promotion of the rights and freedoms of women
and girls, particularly those living in rural areas.
He said the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has serious consequences in terms of growing increased vulnerability of women, which exacerbates the already multiple threats to peace and
stability in West Africa and the Sahel regions for geostrategic and political reasons, « we can
anticipate the concerns and challenges facing women at the local, rural and community
Dr Chambas who was speaking at the Regional Open Day on the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 (2000) and subsequent on Gender, Women, Youth, Peacend Security, recalled the importance of women’s contributions to creating resilient and peaceful societies, which cannot
The Open Day was held under special conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It brought together virtually more than a hundred women and young leaders from West Africa
and the Sahel, including those from the rural zones, as well as actors from civil society
organizations, and representatives of regional organizations.
Other participants include Mrs. Hawa Béavogui, Minister of Women’s Rights and Empowerment of the Republic of Guinea; Ms. Siga Fatima Jagne, Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); Ms. Medina Wesseh, Secretary-General of the Mano River Union; and Ms. Oulimata Sarr, UN Women Regional Director for West and Central Africa.