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11 Jun 2010 description

United Nations "Global Open Day for Women and Peace" kicks off 10th anniversary commemorations of UN Security Council resolution 1325

United Nations, New York - Starting this week, the UN-organized Global Open Day for Women and Peace sees senior-most UN officials in post-conflict countries meet with women peace advocates to discuss how to increase women's participation in sustainable conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

08 Jun 2010 description

Freetown - On the occasion of the Global Open Day for women and peace, the President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, launched on 8 June a National Action Plan on UN Security Council resolutions 1325 and 1820, at an event hosted by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs (MSWGCA) in collaboration with UN agencies, women's groups and non-governmental organizations.

The National Action Plan on resolutions 1325 and 1820 includes a budget and concrete indicators to monitor implementation. The Action Plan focuses on five different pillars - participation, …

24 Nov 2009 description

The United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) is a leading multilateral grant-making mechanism exclusively devoted to supporting national and local efforts to end violence against women and girls. Established in 1996 by a UN General Assembly Resolution1, the UN Trust Fund is administered by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) on behalf of the UN system.

07 Mar 2009 description

Inés Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM

Occasion: International Colloquium on Women's Empowerment, Leadership, Security, Monrovia, Liberia, 7 March 2009

Madame President,

Distinguished guests

I am honored to be here today, together with so many champions of women's rights in conflict. I know you will all have good ideas about how to accelerate the implementation of Security Council resolutions 1325 and 1820. My remarks today will therefore be brief. Specifically:

We need greater accountability for implementing resolutions 1325 and 1820.

02 Oct 2008 description

New joint programme seen as structured framework for collaboration in the spirit of the "One UN" principles

United Nations, New York - The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) signed today the Gender Equitable Local Development (GELD) programme document, which forges a partnership between UNCDF, UNIFEM and UNDP, to support the improvement of women's access to resources and services at the local level through gender-responsive planning, programming and budgeting.

03 Aug 2007 description

United Nations in collaboration with Sierra Leone's Government today concluded a three-day workshop for national police officers covering gender issues, human rights, mediation and other topics aimed at ensuring next week's parliamentary and presidential elections are free of violence in the formerly war-torn West African nation.

The workshop, which began on Wednesday, was attended by 40 female and 10 male mid-level police officers from the Republic of Sierra Leone Police (SLP) and also focused on such issues as crowd control, security and electoral laws ahead of the 11 August …

05 Jul 2007 description

In the homes, communities and provinces of Sierra Leone, women are newly-protected by a legal framework that outlaws domestic violence, entitles them to own property, and recognizes their right to inheritance. A Certificate of Urgency - issued by President Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabbah - fast-tracked passage of three bills, collectively known as the Gender Bills, which became law on 14 June 2007.

17 Apr 2003 description

New initiative launched to strengthen capacity of Sierra Leone's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

21 Jan 2002 description

United Nations, January 21 - Independent experts Elisabeth Rehn, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, member of the Organization of African Unity Panel of Eminent Persons to investigate the genocide in Rwanda, today begin a mission to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to assess the impact of conflict on women and women's role in the peace-building process. This is the last in a series of field visits by experts to countries affected by conflict.

24 Oct 2000 description

It is particularly significant that this debate is taking place on United Nations Day as so many of the issues involved go to the heart of the Charter. We are here today because the intertwining forces of conflict and gender inequality threaten international peace and security.

23 Oct 2000 description

Unprecedented Security Council Debate Could Open Door to Stronger Enforcement of Measures to Protect Women in Armed Conflict