University Camilo José Cela, through its Foundation, has organised this morning the Conference entitled ‘Women, Peace and Security’, coinciding with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, alongside Thribune (Tribune of Human Rights). The event has hosted discussion on the importance of the role of women in conflict resolution and negotiations around the world.
At the event the Acting Spanish Defence Minister, Margarita Robles, stressed in her speech that “peace has to be a path and an objective. There can be no lasting peace in the world, or in our country, without committed women playing leading roles. And no one can be excluded from this commitment to peace.”
In his welcome address, the Rector Emilio Lora-Tamayo said that at University Camilo José Cela “we are convinced that only with a free education committed to ethics can we accompany our students on their way to be socially conscious leaders, able to use their knowledge not only in a scientific or technological context but also to respond to the current social, environmental, diversity and security needs.”
The president of THRibune, Cruz Sánchez de Lara, opened the event calling for a minute’s silence in memory of women who have “wounds on their body and scars on the soul.”
The event presented the conclusions of the 2nd National Plan of Action for Women, Peace and Security, with the professor in Criminology of UCJC, Elvira Cabrera; the head of the Women’s Rights Program at Alianza por la Solidaridad, Maria Salvador; the Secretary General of Defence Policy, Juan Francisco Martínez Núñez; and Clara Cabrera Brasero, Deputy Director attached to the General Directorate of the United Nations and Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation.
The event was closed by Elizabeth Kitulo, teacher from the Kakuma refugee camp, who is currently studying on the Women for Africa and Foundation UCJC programme at University Camilo José Cela. She gave an impassioned speech and explained the fundamental role of women in conflict resolution “we need to support women who are excluded. We have to increase their participation in all aspects of life.”