A virtual visit to South Sudan and Rwanda on 26 and 27 April will highlight the situation of women and the Women, Peace and Security agenda based on United Nations Resolution 1325.
Women work invisibly behind the scenes to promote peace, but they are often underrepresented in formal peace negotiations. A new United Nations funding mechanism aims to change this. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is taking part in today’s online launch of the Rapid Response Window.
There is still a lot to do in the field of women’s rights and gender equality, both internationally and in the Federal Foreign Office. “Women’s rights are one of the most pressing political issues of our time,” said Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
Small arms kill more than half a million people worldwide every year – many of whom are women. In spite of this, women are rarely included in efforts to tackle the problem. The global Gender Equality Network for Small Arms Control seeks to change this.
Germany is working at international level to prevent abuse within the context of crisis management and humanitarian assistance.
For decades, one of the most serious conflicts in recent times has been simmering in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During his visit, Foreign Minister Maas underscored Germany’s commitment to stabilisation and the protection of women in conflicts.