Despite significant progress in legislation, gender equality is still not assured. Women continue to be underrepresented in political and economic decision-making processes. They do not always have access to decent work and suffer from employment segregation and significant wage gaps. Worldwide, one in five women is a victim of violence and discrimination.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, it also has enormous socio-economic implications. This is where the United Nations Agency for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) is committed. Investing in gender equality is essential to reduce poverty and ensure inclusive economic growth and sustainable development.
The need for women’s empowerment in conflict zones is central to development strategies. in some regions, where terrorism is widespread, women suffer the concrete effects of specific violence against them. If women’s rights are systematically limited in states of peace, the difficulties increase in situations of war.
AMTO’s activities in this field propose a gender approach not only for the specific protection of women in conflict situations, but also in an attempt to empower women in the field of security forces.