Friday, December 10, 2004

Womankind Worldwide

So to a girlie type afternoon at a conference discussing 25 years of CEDAW (Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women). I had been particularly keen to attend the session on UN resolution 1325. I can forgive most people for not knowing that this is the resolution which states that women should be heavily involved in post-conflict resolution and peace-building because, sadly, not much coverage is given to this subject. However, I can less easily forgive Clare Short who when she was Secretary of State for International Development and I asked her what action she had taken on UN1325 replied that she was sorry but she didn't carry a list of UN resolutions in her head.
She made a decent stab when prompted with the word "women" but her answer clearly demonstrated that this is nowhere near the forefront of Government thinking.