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The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. United Methodist Women is an active participant in this annual global gathering, especially through its Church Center for the United Nations. 

No Peace Without Development, No Development Without Peace

United Methodist Women co-sponsor “No Development Without Peace, No Peace Without Development: Toward Inclusion of Women, Peace and Security in the Post-2015 Agenda” as part of the 58th session of the U.N. Commission of the Status of Women.

New York—United Methodist Women together with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders hosted the workshop “No Development Without Peace, No Peace Without Development” at the Church Center for the United Nations on Tuesday, March 11. Facilitated by United Methodist Women Executive for Global Justice Tatiana Dwyer, participants listened to panelists, took part in group discussions and presented ideas.

Tatiana Dwyer, United Methodist Women executive for global justice

Roma Bhattacharjea, UNDP Senior Gender, Advisor and Team Leader for the Policy and Planning Division of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, opened the discussion, stating, “The international community has failed to adequately deliver for women and girls in crisis contexts.” She challenged attendees to stop talking about peace and security as separate issues from development and move the conversation beyond just women’s rights to addressing root causes of conflict. “Keeping women behind isn't just a violation of rights,” Bhattacharjea said, “but is bad for all of society.”

Roma Battacharjea
Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, International Coordinator of Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, initiated small group discussions. “Women who come to CSW don’t just want to listen—they also want to be heard,” she said.

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza

The questions presented to the group were:
  • Has the exclusion of peace and security issues impacted the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals?
  • Why do you think that women, peace and security should be included in the post-2015 development agenda and subsequently reflected in the sustainable development goals?
Among other ideas, after discussion the group presented the following as important steps to be taken by global policymakers to ensure women are represented in talks of peace and development:
  • Greater involvement of grass-roots organizers.
  • Make definitions of peace contextual—one definition cannot apply in all situations.
  • Acknowledge that distribution of resources in many countries is unjust, benefitting few at the expense of many and leading to unrest. People should have a say in how resources are used.
  • Economic stability must be achieved—we can’t, for example, continue to live in a world where girl children are sold as brides as a means of family survival.

Sung-ok Lee, United Methodist Women assistant general secretary, facilitates discussion

Cabrera-Balleza stated that these ideas would be included in the suggestions brought to the commission for agreed-on conclusions and in civil society gatherings going forward.

 Participants summarize their recommendations.

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