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Ian Martin, Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Nepal Address to Madhesi Women's National Conference (17 August 2007)
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted in his January report to the Security Council, prior to the establishment of UNMIN, that "if Nepal fails to meaningfully include traditionally marginalised groups in the peace process and in the election, and in the deliberations of the Constituent Assembly, the country will lose a crucial opportunity to harness the strength and vision of its own people and leave some of the Key underlying causes of the conflict unaddressed". In establishing UNMIN, the Security Council expressly recognized the need "to pay special attention to the needs of women, children and traditionally marginalized groups in the peace process, as mentioned in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
In 2000, the UN Security Council passed its Resolution 1325. This was the first resolution in United Nations history that specifically recognized the differential impact of armed conflict on women and girls, the contribution of women to conflict resolution and peace building and their needs particularly in the constitution, electoral system, police and judiciary. The Resolution built on the commitment of the United Nation to stand for gender equality and to promote women's participation in political processes, as signated in the groundbreaking 1995 Beijing women's conference and the Platform for Action which it agreed upon. Nepal, as a proud and longstanding. Member State of the UN, has a responsibility to implement Resolution 1325 in its own peace process.
The Constituent Assembly election provides both a particular responsibility and a particular opportunity to recognized facilitate the contribution of women in the peace process. The electoral system for the Constituent Assembly election places special responsibility on political parties to be inclusive in their party lists, both in relation to traditionally marginalized groups and minorities and in relation of women. It is essential that political parties fulfill these responsibilities whole heartedly, in order to secure the representation of women and their meaningful participation in the Constituent Assembly and in all other aspects of peace building and the democratic transition. Meaningful participation means participation where women are free and welcome to actively voice their opinion an equal manner to others rather than being a silent quota partner; it also means that the representation of women should included women from the different ethnic, caste and regional groups of Nepal.
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UNMIN ,   (2007 )
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Press Release in English
Keywords:
CONSTITUTIONS, PEACE MAKING, PEACE BUILDING, PEACE PROCESS, ELECTIONS, CONFLICT, PEACE AGREEMENT, POLITICAL SITUATION, POLITICAL CONDITIONS, POLITICAL PARTIES, POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, GENDER EQUALITY, HUMAN RIGHTS, VIOLENCE
Thematic Group:
 UNMIN : Peace and Conflict through Political Mission
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01.01.00  -  Political Conditions, Institutions, Movements
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