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Women’s League calls for more women in peace process

The Women's League of Burma (WLB) has welcomed the inclusion of two women parliamentarians in the newly formed Burmese union-level Peace Committee.

Logo-of-WLBHowever, the WLB has urged President Thein Sein's government to consider a much greater increase in women's participation as a start towards a genuine process of talks for sustainable a lasting peace.  

In recognition of Aung San Suu Kyi role in Burmese politics,  the group said, “We strongly urge Thein Sein's government to include her in the leading role of the union peace building process. In order to start a sustainable and lasting peace process, the military offensives in Kachin and Shan states and all other areas must be stopped, and a nationwide cease-fire implemented.”

If the military offensives continue, the group said that the existing cease-fire agreements between the government and ethnic armed groups could break down and lead to another generation of civil war.  

It said UNSC resolution 1325 outlines the importance of women's participation and a gender perspective relevant to all aspects of conflict prevention.

“We also urge the United Nations, the international community and the people of Burma to call on Thein Sein's government and all ethnic armed groups to consider UNSC resolution 1325 and ensure participation of women at all levels of the peace building process in Burma and to ensure protection of women and girls in situations of armed conflict,” it said.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 May 2012 15:49 )  

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