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Speech by Minister of State Michelle Müntefering at the German / NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security reception - October 25, 2018

26.10.2018 - Press release

Excellencies,
Delegates,
Gentlemen and, in particular, ladies,

It was a long way for us women to get here. (No, I don’t mean from Germany to the bar, although that also took a while.) It was a long way for women to enter politics, the United Nations and international debate.

When you look back at history, the fact that we are here today is real progress. It is thanks to many strong women in politics, but especially in civil society, that these achievements were possible in the first place. Today, too, strong women all over the world are fighting for women’s participation and rights.

Today is a good time to think about all these women. I would like to thank all of you.

Gentlemen and ladies,

Women have great potential. We know that a lot more can still be achieved.

Today was a good day for Resolution 1325, and thus for women. The speeches were impressive.

It became clear that cooperation between civil society and governments remains imperative today.

We need the strong voice of civil society, particularly when it comes to drawing up and implementing our National Action Plans.

Whether we are talking about outreach or monitoring, we need civil society and we want to strengthen it.

The African Women Leaders Network, which Germany also supports, is a good example.

MONUSCO is now led by Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, who is a founding member of this network.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to the joint reception by the German Permanent Mission to the UN and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security!

I would especially like to welcome Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, as our guest of honour this evening.

You and your team work tirelessly to improve women’s political rights.
It is thus a particular pleasure to round off this intensive day on women, peace and security with you in the General Assembly building.

I would like to thank my co hosts, the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security.

When it comes to women, peace and security, we need all political and social forces to further strengthen women’s participation in creating peace and security.

We have also made a statement T shirt for today’s event. You are welcome to put on a 1325 T shirt for our group photo.

It’s great that you’re all here with us this evening and it’s certainly a good sign. Germany is happy to be among you.

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