Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to Iraq, Alice Walpole, on Sunday called for an increase of women’s role in politics and include them in the decision-making process in Iraq and elsewhere.
Her comments were delivered during a regional forum aimed at advancing women’s rights in Iraq and across the Middle Eastern region, with participants from Iraq, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Yemen.
The forum is being held under the auspices of the President of Iraq, with support from the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), UN Women, the Women’s International League for Peace, and the Dutch Embassy.
Walpole called on women representatives attending the forum to use this unique opportunity to learn from one another in facing the challenges and difficulties that continue to obstruct the advancement of women and their rights in the region.
She recalled that the implementation of the Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security, remains a key priority for the leadership of UNAMI and urged the Iraqi authorities to pursue a national action plan to enable the meaningful representation of women in political and decision-making processes in Iraq.
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