The senior United Nations envoy to Liberia says that the nation’s women should not just be looked on as victims of war, but as post-conflict “vanguards of peace.”

“Such inclusion can only be achieved through the strengthening of democratic institutions necessary to ensure peace, security, human rights and justice for all,” Alan Doss, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Alan Doss and head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), said.

He also said that bringing together and supporting women’s NGOs and groups will “guarantee that women’s voices are heard and heeded in all spheres of life.”

For more information on women and peacekeeping, check out SC Resolution 1325 how it increases women’s participation in the peace process.

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