Rural Women’s Network Puts Human Security First
Events to mark the 2014 International Day of Peace (21 September) are getting underway in Fiji with members of FemLINKPACIFIC’s rural community media network who will gather for a series of local events focusing on the theme “Putting Human Security First” on 10 September.
A series of local interfaith vigils and peacebuilding activities are being organized in Nausori, Nadi, Labasa and at the Ba Seniors Centre and will bring together over 100 leaders of rural clubs and groups who attend monthly network meetings and community radio broadcasts in the rural centres.
This is an opportunity for rural women’s human security priorities to be part of an international campaign coordinated by the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) linked to the Human Security First campaign:
“The Human Security First campaign has been adapted in Fiji to focus on the existing gender inequalities and highlights all aspects and considerations related to development and peace for those people facing security challenges on a daily basis. It is essential to listen to those people in the debates related to the post-2015 development agenda,” says FemLINKPACIFIC’s Executive Director, Sharon Bhagwan Rolls,
“This is an opportunity for us to also revisit the findings of our Womens Human Security First report which was launched earlier this year in which rural women spoke about the right to live a life where their economic, political, personal, food and nutrition, health and environment security is assured.”
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For FemLINKPACIFIC which has dedicated its work to promote and integrate UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security) into civil society and government policies and practice the International Day of Peace offers an opportunity to reaffirm that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights it also requires us to address the root causes of violence and conflicts in countries which are not our own:
“We are reminded yet again as a result of the recent events the importance of non-violent resolution is and that all leaders need to ensure that they also put peace first by adopting peacebuilding practice, as well as peace and stability goals policies to avoid or exacerbate human displacement, human insecurity and conflict. This requires partnership with civil society in the promotion of peacebuilding especially at the local level to mediate social tensions, generate early warning and support early action, as well as empower socially excluded groups such as women, youth, minorities, displaced persons and the poor.”
“Women’ participation is vital and in fact the missing link in many peace efforts and we urge Pacific Leaders also at this time to reaffirm the full implementation of the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.”
The vigils will also be a time for the rural leaders gather in solidarity with the families and colleagues of the Fijian peacekeepers still held captive in the Golan Heights:
“FemLINKPACIFIC continues to extend our solidarity to the families and colleagues of the 45 Fijian peacekeepers detained by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights. and the call for a peaceful, just and safe release. This incident is indeed a reminder of the vulnerability of peace and the peacekeepers who serve in dangerous and hostile situations.”
“As we look ahead to the International Day of Peace which is observed around the world on 21 September, we hope that the days ahead will be a time when member states of the United Nations will operationalise the General Assembly declaration which is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples,” adds Bhagwan Rolls, “21 September is a day when all nations and people are asked to honour a cessation of hostilities during the day. We of course hope that the hostilities will cease sooner to enable the release of those held in captivity.”
This year is the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace, the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is the “Right of Peoples to Peace”.
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