It is critically important that Member States, including those on the Security Council, and UN representatives hear directly from women living in conflict-affected areas about their needs, priorities and locally-developed recommendations and that these be reflected in international policies.
We systematically call on the UN system to consult with women civil society representatives both in New York and at the country level.
Over the last decade we have been invited to facilitate the civil society statement at the annual Security Council open debates on women, peace and security in October, as well as those on sexual violence in conflict. This is a role we take very seriously and are privileged to be entrusted with this important selection process. We are committed to ensuring this process is consultative. Every year we invite organizations and individuals to nominate women civil society representatives from diverse nationalities, regions and backgrounds from conflict-affected countries on the Security Council’s agenda, to speak on our behalf.
In 2015, the Security Council committed to inviting civil society representatives, including from women’s organizations, to participate in country-specific briefings. We work with the rotating presidents of the Security Council to ensure this commitment is upheld and that women’s perspectives are integrated into the design and implementation of peace operations and into the Security Council’s responses to emerging or deteriorating crisis situations.
We also advocate for the leaders of peace operations to hold regular consultations with local women and women’s organizations so that their needs and priorities are considered and responded to by the mission.