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Harriett Olson Speaks on Women, Peace and Security

A "Cyber Dialogue" Launched the Peace Fair for UNSCR 1325

By Leigh Rogers

Women’s Division head Harriett Jane Olson spoke on the importance of women’s involvement in peace and security issues in a “cyber dialogue” discussing how to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

United Methodist Women helped organize the peace fair recognizing the 10th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, taking place Oct. 25-29 in New York at the Church Center for the United Nations. The cyber dialogue launched the event. Cora Weiss of the Hague Appeal for Peace introduced Ms. Olson.

Ms. Olson clarified why peace is one of United Methodist Women’s “core priorities:” “We work on [implementing UNSCR 1325] because of our commitment to women, children and youth in the United States and around the world,” Ms. Olson said. “We are very clear about involving women in the solutions to the problems that they face in their lives, and peace is not the least of these.”

She recognized the importance of implementing the resolution as soon as possible while recognizing the logistical, geographic, political and ideological challenges, but opted for an optimistic outcome. “Hopefully ten years from now we will be celebrating implementation, not memorializing adoption [of UNSCR 1325].”

Other participants included Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Program, and Ambassador Anwarul K. Chawdhury of Bangladesh as well as women via the Web from Afghanistan, Burundi and Sierra Leone.

Watch the video of Ms. Olson’s speech on YouTube. 

Last Updated: 10/27/2010

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