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Governments pay lip service to UN Resolution on Women and Conflict

5 July, 2012 - by Martin Ferris TD

Today the Oireachtas Good Friday Agreement Implementation Committee received a presentation from Hannah’s House on the actions to date by the Irish and British government to implement UN Security Resolution 1325 with regard to Women and Conflict.

Both governments are obliged to draft a plan to implement this resolution that deals with the role of women in conflict and post conflict.

The British Government’s plan makes no reference or acknowledgment of the role of women in the process of conflict resolution in the Ireland.

The Irish Government’s National Action Plan makes two references to the role of women in post conflict Ireland.

Speaking after the meeting Sinn Féin’s Michelle Gildernew MP said;

“Sinn Féin is proud of the role the women in our party and in our leadership have played in driving the peace process. The role of women in political life and in the process of conflict resolution needs to be recognised, supported and promoted by political parties and civic society across this island.

“If the UN resolution is to be made real there is a need to target resources and actions to implement it in on an international and Irish Context.”

Martin Ferris TD added;

“The Irish Government has paid lip service to the UN resolution and produced an action plan. However they have ignored the role of women in developing conflict resolution across Ireland and have withdrawn funding from victims of the conflict.

“It is nothing short of a scandal that a glossy action plan is printed and yet the government closes down the funding scheme to support victims of conflict and those majority of carers of victims of the conflict who are women.” ENDS

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