Female UNPOL Officers participate in Secretary General Report

    OTTAWA, Aug. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC) is
advancing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1820 (UN SCR 1820), which
addresses the prevention of sexual violence in conflict zones, by bringing
United Nations Police (UNPOL) officers to the Security Council open-debate on
UN SCR 1820 in New York.
    This is an important initiative as it allowed three female UNPOL officers
currently serving in Africa and the Americas to have their voices and
experiences heard by decision makers. This serves to heighten the awareness of
the challenges and opportunities arising from UN SCR 1820 to Member States,
civil society, the UN and other actors involved in conflict zones. In
addition, a round table discussion was organized to discuss best practices and
lessons learned from the field on how best to implement UN SCR 1820 and 1325
in conflict zones.
    "The large support behind this initiative demonstrates the importance of
working together to end sexual violence as a weapon of war," said Suzanne
Monaghan, President of the PPC. "Bringing the female UNPOL officers to the
forefront of discussion and having their voices and stories heard is a crucial
step towards fulfilling Resolution 1820. Exchanging dialogue and ideas with
the Security Council greatly enhances and unites all of our efforts in
resolving sexual violence."
    Celebrating its first-year anniversary in June 2009, UN SCR 1820 demands
the immediate and complete halt to sexual violence against civilians in
conflict zones. It also addresses the deployment of a higher percentage of
women peacekeepers or police, and recognizes that women play an important role
in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace building.
    "This is a unique opportunity for the PPC to advance the tremendous work
that has been undertaken so far on this issue," said Ann Livingstone,
Vice-President Research at the PPC. "Awareness building and sexual and
gender-based training are essential to address and put an end to violence and
abuse committed against women and children."
    The PPC is undertaking this initiative in collaboration with the United
Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UN DKPO) and the Canadian
Permanent Mission in New York. With the support of these prominent
organizations and financial support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade Canada (DFAIT), the PPC is fostering critical dialogue and
cooperation between parties capable of preventing sexual violence in conflict

    The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre is a Canadian institution dedicated to
making international peace operations more effective through research,
education, training and capacity building.

For further information:

For further information: Lucie Laurion, Director of communications,
(613) 520-5617, ext. 5950, llaurion@peaceoperations.org

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