TIRANA – On Monday 7 November 2022, the Regional Youth Cooperation Office joined the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in Albania in the moderation of the event “Women, Peace, and Security” by our Secretary General Mr. Albert Hani.
The meeting was held as part of the courtesy visit of the United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President Joe Biden, H.E Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield was welcomed by the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs H.E Ms. Olta Xhaçka, and the US Ambassador in Albania H.E Ms. Yuri Kim.
The event “Women, Peace, and Security” brought together representatives from the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs in Albania, the US Embassy in Albania, civil society representatives, as well as a group of 21 young activists engaged in RYCO programs and contributors to the topics of the WPS Agenda, Human Rights, good governance, peacebuilding and reconciliation, conflict resolution and gender equality, etc.
Under the moderation of Mr. Hani, the event aimed at discussing the commitments to guaranteeing the full, equal, and meaningful participation of women in peace processes and ensuring their rights and equal opportunities in our society, as well as achievements of the WPS agenda with a special focus on Albania and members of the Security Council. Among others, it gave young activists and the audience the space and opportunity to interact with Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield, and the distinguished panelist on the aforementioned topics.
22 years ago, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security. Resolution 1325 (2000) addresses the impact of war on women and the importance of women’s full and equal participation in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian response, and in post-conflict reconstruction. The resolution also calls for special measures to protect women and girls from conflict-related sexual violence and outlines gender-related responsibilities of the United Nations in different political and programmatic areas.