Peace and security are only possible when there is freedom of life, choice and voice, speakers said at a programme Tuesday.
While addressing the virtual event titled "Women, Peace, Power: A Youth Perspective" to celebrate the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, young panelists said by ensuring justice and human rights, we can secure peace and security in our society.
Jointly organized by UN Women Bangladesh, Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) of Brac University and Naripokkho, the discussants highlighted the perspective of youth on promoting peaceful, cohesive and inclusive societies.
The panel discussion started with a video on Digital Security of Women.
Six young panelists expressed their opinions on peace, security and their role in advancing this agenda in their respective communities. The interactive session also included their take on power and how conflict could be prevented to promote a peaceful and inclusive society.
This session was moderated by Mahmuda Sultana Shorna, project assistant at CPJ, Brac University.
Smaranika Chakma of the Society for Integrated Women's Progress said, "Peace and security mean fearlessness and freedom of life, choice and voice. I believe, if justice and human rights are enforced in our society, then peace and security will be secured."
Rohingya refugee youth speaker Lucky said, "As women, we have to raise our voices, share our problems and seek support."
Maskatul Zinan, joint secretary of Women Peace Café, said, "Peace is not just the absence of conflict, peace is the creation of an environment where all can flourish, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, class and enjoy human rights and freedom.
Addressing the youth panelists, Mia Seppo, UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh, said, "Against this backdrop, coupled with increasing numbers of reports of gang rapes here in Bangladesh, we are facing increased challenges to human security and lasting peace. This is why you, as young peace builders, are so important. You are at the forefront of building a peaceful, resilient and inclusive society."