KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is urging for more women’s participation in peace-building activities in order to achieve gender equality goals.
“Women and gender expertise in peace-building activities is essential for reconstituting political, legal, cultural and socio-economic and social structures so that they can deliver on gender equality goals,” said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim.
She said this in her speech at the closing ceremony of the inaugural World Muslim Women Summit and Exhibition (WISE) at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.
Peace-building refers to efforts to create sustainable peace in countries emerging from conflicts.
She added that there has been a systematic absence of gender expertise in the context of peace processes.
This conflicted with the United Nation’s positions on women’s human rights issues such as quotas and emergency reproductive health care, as well as an under-representation of women in decision-making.
Rohani said that in many conflict and post-conflict countries, national mechanisms for the advancement of women have been set up.
“But it must be strengthened to ensure women’s active participation in public policy formulation and implementation,” she added.
“Malaysia has undertaken measures in the economic, social, cultural and religious fields to enable the full development and advancement of women. The issue of gender as a development focus was first raised in the Third Malaysia Plan (1976–1980), whereby the active participation of women in development and their contribution to the decision making process was encouraged,” she added.
Rohani also announced that the summit agreed to adopt 9th Dzulhijjah (in the Islamic calendar) as the WISE Day where Muslims all around the world can get together to reflect on the sacrifices and success achieved in peace-building and societal development.
She handed over the summit to Turkey as its host country in Istanbul next year.