Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations


Venezuela demands to stop inequality and sexual violence against women and girls in armed cnflicts


Rafael Ramírez, Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations demanded the end to inequality and sexual violence against women and girls during armed conflicts; this in occasion of the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace, and Security.
“Such inexcusable instances of violence only reflect and exacerbate the disequilibrium and imbalance that women and girls are already subject to in periods before armed conflicts. During armed conflicts, those problems generate specific vulnerabilities that require urgent action and the highest possible political commitment.” He affirmed.
The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon; UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; and the Representative of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security, Rita Lopidia, participated in this Security Council Debate.
Ramírez said that in spite of the progress registered in this year’s report, such as the inclusion of female staff in the mediation processes co-led by the United Nations, as well as the special provisions on gender included in different peace agreements, there is still major challenges in this matter.
The Venezuelan diplomat condemned the sexual abuses against women and girls in armed conflicts committed by UN staff deployed in different peacekeeping operations worldwide.
“The United Nations should serve as an example of coherence regarding the importance of preventing such acts, particularly regarding the accountability of all personnel of the Organization and international armed forces who have been authorized by this body and who commit such crimes.”
Ramírez underscored the importance that Venezuela, since the beginning of the Bolivarian Revolution, has granted to the issue of gender equality, reflected in the constitutional framework and the laws promulgated to strengthen the active participation of women in the development of the Venezuelan society.