UN Appoints Pauline Tallen as Head Global Committee

O. Adejo

The United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect has appointed Dame Pauline Tallen, the Minister of Women Affairs, to lead a global committee that will develop an analytical framework for the prevention of atrocity crimes and genocide from the perspective of women.

Ms. Alice Nderitu, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General for the Prevention of Genocide, made this known during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Women Affairs in Abuja.

Ms. Nderitu emphasized that the existing framework of analysis for the prevention of atrocity crimes does not account for women’s issues, and that it was the role of the committee to account for women’s perspectives in conflict prevention and the genocidal peace process.

“In July, we will convene a gathering of the world’s most distinguished women in Italy. We will sit down with these ladies to develop an analysis framework for the prevention of atrocity crimes. We already have an analysis framework, however this framework does not include women. She stated, “We do not perceive challenges through the eyes of women.”

Ms. Nderitu emphasized the significance of women’s participation in decision-making processes, particularly in the domain of peace and conflict resolutions, to ensure the success and effect of the process.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to provide leadership for the global mission and assured that Nigerian women will play their roles in securing global peace with unwavering dedication.

She remarked, “On behalf of Nigerian women, I would like to thank you for the honor of guiding other African leaders to find answers to challenges affecting genocides and all forms of violence in our region and around the world.”

The United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide serves as a special counselor to the Secretary General of the United Nations in furthering national and international efforts to protect the people against genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and their incitements.

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