Speech: Women, Peace and the Security in the Sahel

first_imgWell, thank you very much indeed Minister for being with us again today. It’s fantastic to have you here and thank you for all the work Sweden has done on this important dossier. Particularly, for keeping it at the forefront of our minds in the Security Council and the way you have tried to ensure that these issues are properly integrated and that the Security Council and the UN more generally gets out of the silos that we’re all familiar with. A huge thank you obviously to Ms. Diop and to the Deputy-Secretary-General for leading this mission. I think it’s an incredibly important event. Like other speakers, I think it would be an excellent thing if it were to be regular. As my Dutch colleague said, there are lots of areas of the world that would benefit from your insights and your engagement. You can’t be everywhere but I think you’ve made an incredibly good start on this occasion.I was particularly interested in the assessment of the level of women’s participation in decision making and in peace and development processes and I was struck by the same comment about “prefer not to be raped” as my Dutch colleague but I think even more than that was the interest shown by the people you talk to in producing more female candidates. And I think if we had only one thing we could concentrate on, to build that pipeline for the future and to start changing behaviours through governments, I think will be definitely worth thinking further about.I’d like to say at the outset, Madam President, that we in the UK fully share your goal of having full delivery of [Resolution] 1325 by 2020. So you can count on Britain to work with you here and in Geneva at the United Nations to realize that. I think as other speakers have hinted, the question of women’s economic empowerment and their enjoyment of human rights and their role within their families and communities is something that needs to be nurtured and curated. And this is not just a moral issue. This is an economic issue. It’s a prosperity issue. Those countries will thrive who properly make use of and develop all the talents of their people. And I think the Kazakh Ambassador set it out very well when he talked about the link between security and development. So we do everyone a favour by intensifying this link between women’s participation in economic life and the foundation of peace and security.And from our perspective, we would like to see even more effort be dedicated to integrating a gender perspective in strategies including those about countering violent extremism and we would like to see more women’s involvement in policy planning – so right at the ground floor and I think that was one of the conclusions of the Informal Expert Group on Women Peace and Security in June.We heard a lot yesterday in the Children in Armed Conflict debate about the stigma of women returnees being disproportionately targeted when they go back to their communities and I think that’s just worth putting on the table again today. It would be very good to hear from the countries themselves what can be done to address that particular issue.Specifically on the Sahel, the United Kingdom is increasing our regional presence in the Sahel. We opened a mission in Chad in March this year. Chad and Niger sadly sit at the bottom, as I understand it, of the gender equality index and that’s why we in the UK want to do more to help those colleagues develop women’s empowerment. And I think the efforts that the Security Council, the U.N. system, the African Union and the G5 themselves have undertaken so far to ensure that we can fine-tune adequate measures to empower women is a very good step forward.From our perspective, we concentrate a lot on providing reproductive health services to displaced populations and refugees and we are prioritising access to voluntary family planning for future support. We spend a lot of our programme funds on climate and environment resilience in eastern Chad and the BRACED program commits to 50 percent women beneficiaries and includes the component on gender-based violence. So I think all those things are contributing, I hope, to what we’re talking about today.We also have a partnership with France arising out of the Anglo-French summit in January to work on gender within the Alliance Sahel; supporting greater mainstreaming on gender across the work of that alliance and if there are other colleagues in the United Nations who would like to know more about that, or even contribute with us, we’ve been very happy to work with other colleagues on that.You, Madam President, particularly mentioned education and girls education and again we spoke about that yesterday under the heading of Children in Armed Conflict. I’d just like to highlight that in the Sahel millions of children and youth are out of school, thanks to the presence of terrorist groups, the militias; the conflict between farmers and herders; the difficult economic situation experienced by many families; and of course girls are particularly affected. Sometimes it’s because of very basic things like schools lacking hygiene facilities to accommodate the particular needs of girls. The Sahel region, as we heard, has one of the highest rates of child, early and forced marriage in the world. So, the barriers to girls enjoying a proper education are very severe. The United Kingdom therefore has been concentrating on what we call the Girls Education Challenge and it is already working to support 1.5 million girls achieve a quality education. We are one of the largest donors to ‘Education Cannot Wait’ which Chad is one of the four initial investment countries. So, I just wanted to give a snapshot, Madam President, of some of the things we’ve been doing but to say how much we share your view that this is an absolutely critical part of being able to embed peace, security and stability in an important region. Thank you.last_img read more

A Tweed baker has made a few tasteful renovations in this 60s home

first_img12 Stanley St Tweed Heads TASTEFUL decor and a gourmet kitchen made this 1960s home a baker’s delight, according to homeowner Matt Gordon. The local Tweed Heads bakery owner bought 12 Stanley St in 2006 and said he added his own brand to the design.“The kitchen was a delight when I first inspected the house,” the father-of-two said. 12 Stanley St Tweed Heads“Her hobby is one of the reasons we have decided to move, she wants to build and design our family home from scratch.”The bathroom has a baths tub and channels a beach-shack style with modern wallpaper paired with blue decor. 12 Stanley St Tweed HeadsMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe backyard has an entertaining deck that overlooks the pool and garden.“There is a barbecue area with a bar fridge which is really popular for guests,” Mr Gordon said.“On the other side there is a daybed and across from that is a fire pit.“There are a handful of places in the backyard to entertain. 12 Stanley St Tweed HeadsClose to shops and schools, Mr Gordon said it was ideal for the families business. “We won’t be moving too far,” he said.center_img 12 Stanley St Tweed Heads“We never have to worry about the kids because they practically live in the pool.”The timber finishes are carried out throughout the home with the bathroom featuring a grey-timber wall. “My wife Brooke has an eye for design,” Mr Gordon said.“She completely redid the bathrooms with. 12 Stanley St Tweed Heads“When we moved in there were a few things we wanted to personalise but the kitchen was better left untouched.” The three-bedroom home has a seamless open-plan and indoor outdoor living spaces. Dark timber flooring is paired with rustic-style furniture and embraces the character of the home. On a 715sq m block, Mr Gordon said the family host parties twice a month in their outdoor entertaining area.last_img read more

IBF orders Richard Commey vs. Teofimo Lopez Title Fight

first_imgTeofimo Lopez secured a guaranteed title shot upon his latest win, though admitting there were personal and emotional issues in need of resolution before moving forward with such a fight.He now has 30 days in order to keep his place in line.The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has formally ordered a mandatory title fight between defending champ Richard Commey and Lopez, the unbeaten number-one contender. Both athletes and their respective promoters were notified on Friday morning via official company letter, a copy of which has been obtained by BoxingScene.com.The two sides are granted a 30-day free negotiations period to come to terms. A deadline of Sept. 7th is in place, at which point a purse bid hearing will be called and open to all IBF-registered promoters.Either party can call for a purse been hearing at any time during the negotiation window, although both would be best served to take the allotted time frame in full.Commey (29-2, 26KOs) won the title in a crushing 2nd round knockout of Isa Chaniev this past February in Frisco, Texas. The same show also saw Lopez (14-0, 11KOs)—a New York-bred product who represented Honduras in the 2016 Rio Olympics —in his first fight after being named the 2018 Prospect of the Year by BoxingScene.com.A one-sided stoppage win over Diego Magdaleno that evening advanced him from undefeated prospect to rising contender, further enhanced by a knockout victory over Edis Tatli just two months later.Both victories provided Lopez with dealer’s choice on which alphabet title to pursue. He chose the IBF, which led to a title eliminator versus Japan’s Masayoshi Nakatani. Lopez prevailed via 12-round decision in the July 19 ESPN+ headliner, his toughest test to date.Afterward, he publicly admitted unresolved familial issues which impact his career—he is trained by his father Teofimo Sr., while his mother Jenny is an integral part of the team as well—as he hopes to resolve such matters during this time of reflection.The IBF-imposed deadline only adds to that pile.Commey has fought once since his title win, an 8th round stoppage of former titlist Rey Beltran this past June in Temecula, Calif. The ESPN headliner was a consolation prize as a lost opportunity to pursue a unification bouts with two-belt claimant Vasiliy Lomachenko.Such a bout was in the cards heading into his vacant title fight with Chaniev, only for Commey to suffer a hand injury during the brief affair to put him on the shelf for nearly two months.Such a fight could still be in play.Lomachenko will face England’s Luke Campbell in an Aug. 31 bout with three belts at stake. Commey holds the last chip and is prepared to defend versus Lopez first, with the winners of both bouts to be groomed for a clash in early 2020 to declare an undisputed lightweight champion.Top Rank promotes Lomachenko and Lopez, while also involved with Commey whose career is guided by primary promoter Lou DiBella, manager Michael Amoo-Bediako and recently added adviser Keith Connolly.Should Lopez opt out of a title fight, a new mandatory will be ordered against the next highest ranked available contender. Such a development would provide Commey with a short window of opportunity to file for an exception, namely the Lomachenko-Campbell winner.Unification bouts are among the few exceptions granted by sanctioning bodies in lieu of mandatory defenses, though often with written assurance from the defending titlist that’s such obligations are met in the next title defense.Needless to say, the next 30 days should prove very interesting for all involved parties.last_img read more