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Debate on the Role of Women and Young People in the Maintenance of Peace and Security

On Tuesday (28 May), the Security Council will hold a debate titled “Maintenance of international peace and security: the role of women and young people”. One of the signature events of Mozambique’s May presidency, the meeting will be chaired by Mozambican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Verónica Nataniel Macamo Dlhovo. The anticipated briefers are Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, Assistant Secretary-General for Youth Affairs Felipe Paullier, UN Women Executive Director Sima Sami Bahous, and AU Youth Ambassador for Peace for West Africa Simone Mbode Diouf.

According to a concept note prepared by Mozambique, the debate intends to “recentre and identify synergies” between the Security Council’s agendas on women, peace and security (WPS) and youth, peace and security (YPS), focusing in particular on young women at a time when civic space in conflict-affected areas continues to contract. The concept note says that the debate aims to promote a “nuanced and intersectional approach to peace and security, which recognizes the diverse experiences, roles and needs of young people, especially young women”. It argues that looking at YPS through a gender lens “can help to prevent a new generation from replicating the same patterns and patriarchal power structures that limit gender equality but benefit young men” and contends that the WPS agenda should also address young women’s needs and experiences and address their priorities and concerns.

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