Annan offers concrete proposals to address devastation wrought by conflict on women

In a report to the Council released today, the Secretary-General points to the many ways that war particularly harms women, beyond death and injury. These include exacerbating existing inequalities, sending women and children fleeing across borders, and subjecting them to sexual violence and torture. At the same time, Mr. Annan stresses that “Women play an active role in informal peace processes, serving as peace activists, including by organizing and lobbying for disarmament and striving to bring about reconciliation and security before, during and after conflicts.”The Secretary-General says the extent of human rights violations against women and girls must be factored into peace support operations, and recommends that contacts be set up with women’s networks in order to gain more information on the issue.Concerning the legal dimensions of the problem, Mr. Annan urges the Council to call on all parties involved in conflict to adhere to their obligations under applicable principles of international humanitarian law, human rights law and refugee law as they pertain to women and girls. Efforts should be made to ensure that amnesty provisions included in conflict settlement agreements exclude impunity from all serious war crimes, including gender-based crimes. Mr. Annan also recommends that the Council explicitly integrate gender perspectives into the terms of reference of UN missions to countries and regions in conflict. He says that all UN-brokered peace accords should address the impact of armed conflict on women and girls, their contributions to peace processes and their needs and priorities in the post-conflict context. Women should also be fully involved in peace negotiations.The report suggests that the Council ensure resources for setting up gender units in peacekeeping operations. Efforts aimed at reconstructing conflict-torn societies should incorporate activities focused on specific constraints facing women and girls. Urging recognition of the impact of armed conflict and displacement on family relations, Mr. Annan calls for developing develop programmes to prevent domestic violence. “We can no longer afford to minimize or ignore the contributions of women and girls to all stages of conflict resolution, peacemaking, peace-building, peacekeeping and the reconstruction processes,” the Secretary-General cautions. “Sustainable peace will not be achieved without the full and equal participation of women and men.” read more

COPENHAGEN CALLING Croatia and Sweden clear favorites

BelarusEHF EURO 2014serbia CROATIA – BELARUS 18CROATIAN GIANT LOOKING FOR A ROUTINE WINCroatia beat Belarus last January at TOP 16 stage of the World Championship in Spain. That was easy job for Slavko Goluza and his guys, so despite some small problems with some players as Blazenko Lackovic who will miss EHF EURO 2014, Croats believe that routine victory over Rutenka and his team-mates could be repeated.SWEDEN – MONTENEGRO (20.15)SWEDISH REVENGE TO BRAVE GUYSSweden has bad memory on Montenegro and their passion to the game since qualification matches in June 2012, when Zoran Kastratovic and his guys made unbelievable success and put Swedish team out of the World Championship 2013 in Spain! It is hard to say are Montenegrians ready to repeat that kind of performance, moreover because of lot of injuries which make them weaker than before, On the other side, Sweden without Kim Andersson certainly will have problem with TOP teams, but in front of almost “home fans” in Copenhagen, Montenegro could be good for “warm-up”… ← Previous Story Derby of Day 2 in Aarhus: Serbia VS Poland Next Story → HEROES OF THE DAY 1: Austrian “perfect” handball read more