The Cyprus Gender Advisory Team (GAT)on Sunday said it believed the impact of the Gender Equality Technical Committee’s work needs to be approached as integral and not marginal to the Cyprus negotiation process as a whole.
In a written statement GAT welcomed, the May 28, 2015 decision by the two Cypriot leaders to establish a Technical Committee on Gender Equality as a step in implementing the call of the Resolution “to adopt a gender perspective … when negotiating and implementing peace agreements”.
“GAT recognises that the impact of the Gender Equality Technical Committee’s work needs to be approached as integral and not marginal to the negotiation process as a whole,” the statement said.
It suggests the negotiating teams, working groups, and technical committees are gender balanced at a ratio of 30%-50%, and that each working group and technical committee includes an actively participating gender expert with specialised knowledge of the gendered aspects of peace and conflict resolution, with a brief to monitor the collective outputs for gender.
All documents prepared for incorporation into an eventual peace agreement and constitution must be checked for compliance with international gender equality standards and UNSCR 1325- related practices, possibly through the engagement of a gender and peace expert, it added.
“Both leaders publicly recognise that transparency is crucial for the success of the negotiation and peace-building processes and subsequently take appropriate measures to open up channels of communication between themselves, their negotiators, and women’s civil society,” it said.