Written by Bella Dalima
04 Apr, 2014 | 6:51 pm
The United Nations Secretary General calls for greater measures to involve more women at higher levels in mine action.
Today the world marks the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action that was declared by the United Nations General Assembly back in 2005.
This year the twelve United Nations entities working on mine action are promoting the work of women in mine action.
According to the United Nations, women need to be empowered in all societies to be a part of important activities including at all stages of mine action.
This areas ranges from surveying mined areas, to deciding where to begin clearance, to conducting mine risk education and post-clearance development initiatives.
Landmines represent , an insidious and persistent danger mainly to children affected by war.
Though the use of landmines have been banned by many countries across the world, governments are now faced with a new challenge to remove these dangerous explosives from their territories, which needs to be done with extreme care.
In his message this year, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says that women worldwide are vital the drive to clear landmines and protect against its indiscriminate effect, teaching people how to live safely in contaminated areas, assisting victims, clearing landmines and disposing of explosive ordinance.
The Secretary General adds that women can drive progress towards the central goals of mine action, which aims to increase security, rebuild communities, reclaim land and end the looming fear caused by the explosive remnants of war.
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