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UN official criticizes lack of women at peace tables


The head of the United Nations women's agency is criticizing the low participation of women at peace tables 15 years after a landmark U.N. resolution.

   That resolution called for women to be included in decision-making positions at every level of peacemaking and peace building.

   Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told a high-level Security Council meeting Tuesday that many of the much-needed changes are in the hands of the 193 U.N.-member states.

   She said a growing body of evidence shows the "most under-utilized tool we have for successfully building peace is the meaningful inclusion of women."

   Alaa Murabit, who heads an organization called The Voice of Libyan Women, blamed member states for continuing "to ignore the one tool that has never been more urgent for us to utilize: the participation of women."

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