U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced the country’s commitment of nearly USD44 million to support initiatives on women’s empowerment that promote the United Nations Security Council’s goal of engaging women in peace and security efforts.
The Security Council in October 2000 adopted resolution 1325 that calls for upholding women’s rights in conflict-torn areas and ending sexual violence in conflicts.
Of the amount, USD17 million will back Afghan civil society groups that help women.
“The women in Afghanistan are rightly worried that in the very legitimate search for peace their rights will be sacrificed,” Clinton said Tuesday (Oct. 26) at the U.N. headquarters in New York.
Non-governmental organizations helping to provide potable water in conflict zones will receive USD14 million, Clinton said, noting that in conflict-ravaged areas “when women and girls go looking for water they are at higher risk of being attacked.”
Another USD11 million will support literacy, job training, and maternal health services for refugee women and girls, while the remaining USD1.7 million will finance U.N. activities including the office of Margot Wallstrom, who is U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon’s special representative on sexual violence in conflict.
Apart from the funding, the U.S. government will also develop a national action plan to expedite the implementation of the Security Council’s resolution 1325.
“[T]o measure progress on our plan, we will adopt the indicators laid out in the Secretary General’s report. We will measure whether women are effectively represented in the full range of peace-building and reconstruction efforts; whether they are protected against sexual violence; and whether they are the focus of conflict prevention, relief and reconciliation efforts,” Clinton said.