On International Women’s Day, OSCE leaders call for strengthening women’s leadership to achieve peace and security for all

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On International Women’s Day, OSCE leaders call for strengthening women’s leadership to achieve peace and security for all

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STOCKHOLM/VIENNA/WARSAW, 8 March 2021 – The role of women as leaders, particularly in peace building and conflict prevention, is essential to achieve prosperous and peaceful societies, and to guarantee the strength of our democracies, say OSCE officials on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

OSCE leaders from the Chairpersonship, the Secretariat, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the Parliamentary Assembly highlighted the need for increased efforts and resources to advance women’s leadership. They also stressed the critical role of women’s empowerment to ensure that post-COVID-19 recovery efforts are inclusive and provide an opportunity to increase women’s participation in decision-making in public life.

“The economic empowerment of women and girls is essential for their meaningful involvement and equal participation in decision-making processes, including in conflict resolution and peace building. Promoting women’s leadership is an important aspect when we aim to increase women’s and girls’ full and effective participation in decision-making processes. The OSCE has an important role to play in its efforts to strengthen women’s leadership in our societies,” said the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde.

Click here to read the full article published by OSCE on 8 March 2021.

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