On October 25, 2018, Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, addressed the Security Council at its annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security. In her statement, Ambassador Bogyay highlighted the importance of women’s increased participation at all stages and levels of peace processes, and underlined the role of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in preventing conflict and achieving sustainable peace.
The Security Council, under the Presidency of Bolivia, held its annual open debate on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) on October 25, 2018. Focused on “Promoting the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and Sustaining Peace through Women’s Political and Economic Empowerment”, the debate gave the wider UN membership an opportunity to be heard on this topic.
Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations, dedicated her speech to two everyday heroes, UN Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.
In her statement, Ambassador Bogyay highlighted the centrality of women’s increased participation at all stages and levels of peace processes, while commending the Secretary-General for his leadership in achieving gender parity in senior positions at the UN.
Stressing the importance of women’s increased participation in peacekeeping missions, the Ambassador reminded of Hungary’s efforts to continuously increase the number of deployed female military experts and police officers in UN peacekeeping missions.
Ambassador Bogyay emphasized that the protection of the rights of women and girls and their empowerment is a pre-requisite for their participation in all aspects of life. Therefore, action should be taken to ensure women and girls’ right to safe, quality and affordable education, adequate and affordable healthcare, equal recognition before the law, and eliminating violence and harmful practices women and girls have to face, she confirmed. Hungary provided financial contribution to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women and girls to achieve these aims.
To read the full statement of the Ambassador, please click here.