Venezuela demands to stop inequality and sexual violence against women and girls in armed cnflicts
“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.
"United Nations, now, in the 21st Century and for the third millennium, should focus all of its efforts, to the utmost, on moral, intellectual, scientific, social, cultural, economic and financial order, in the fight against the demons of hunger, poverty and death that scourge our planet."
"We will take with us to the UN a voice that repudiates terrorism and speaks out in favour of world peace; that respects the sovereignty of peoples and has the credit of the 181 countries who voted for us, not as an imperialist power that conquers peoples, but with our Bolivarian vision of peace and the right to exist."
"We must speak clearly and firmly on this point: during the United Nations’ 70 years of existence, the Palestinian people have faced a constant lack of respect for the most basic rights, and it is shameful that this organisation has known about the situation since it was founded and to date no political solution to the conflict has been reached"
"Venezuela will now, more than ever, be an active voice in the defence of the sovereign equality of nations; in particular of the inalienable rights of the peoples of the South to development and peace"