For December, in which Spain has the presidency of the UN Security Council, the MAP provides recommendation on the situations in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, Mali, West Africa and the Sahel, and Yemen, as well as the issue of countering conflict-related trafficking.
In their discussion of the expected report on countering trafficking in persons, it is imperative that Council members request information on the way in which gender factors into individuals’ experiences trafficking in order to develop targeted and evidence-based policy recommendations and interventions. It is well established that extremist groups and other non-state actors often engage in trafficking of women and girls with impunity to fuel activities. Discussion and reporting should integrate gender analysis, and, reflect previous Council statements regarding the particular impact of trafficking on women and girls (S/PRST/2015/25), by discussing the range of human rights abuses associated with human trafficking, including sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), as well as the ways in which women are recruited, coerced, and employed in trafficking operations. Additionally, if the information is not provided, the Council should request specific information and analysis on the way in which women and women’s organizations are currently participating in efforts to combat and reduce trafficking (SCR 2106 (2013), OPs 11, 16).
- Promote the full and effective participation of women in all peace, security, and political processes. UNSMIL’s consultation with female house of representative members in October 2016 is a good practice example and should be continued on a regular basis as part of the establishment of a consultative mechanism with women’s civil society groups in all activities, including conflict resolution, peacebuilding and counterterrorism efforts;
- Particularly highlight the importance of recognizing the way in which violent extremism often targets women, the role women play in violent extremist groups, and the importance of women’s leadership and participation in all efforts to combat, reduce, and prevent terrorism and violent extremism;
- Call for an end to impunity for violence against women, investigate and monitor human rights abuses, including SGBV, and deploy women’s protection advisers (WPAs) and gender advisers;
- Call for specific reporting on the gender dynamics of the situation in Libya, including in the political, security, and humanitarian sectors, and provide sex and age disaggregated data.