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Peace, equality and justice, female representation

Ulrike Mueller Tblissi

Last week our Executive vice-chair and MEP Ulrike Müller (Freie Wähler) took part in the international women’s conference in Tbilisi, Georgia. The conference was opened officially by the President of Georgia, Salome Zoubiachvili, and discussed topics like the role of women in conflicts, refugee-crisis and gender-based violence. In her speech, Ulrike Müller referred to the crucial contribution of women to the quality and sustainability of peace agreements. However, they are not represented equally in negotiations, neither in business, nor in politics or civil society.” Equal representation is not only a matter of justice and fairness. Equal representation decidedly improves the workings of businesses and societies.” Describing the road ahead for women towards a future with confidence Ulrike Müller further emphasized, that quotas, local and international networking, educating and empowering women, campaigning are the ways in reaching equal representation in the very close future! In her final statement Ulrike <Müller addressed all mothers - “The stereotypes associated with masculinity give men advantages. Therefore, as a mother, I reach out to all mothers: Educate your sons and stand up against toxic masculinity! Education alone will not prevent violence, but it is an important approach.”

Peace, equality and justice, female representation: these words as a few landmarks to mention were to hear during the conference. “We can only focus on European and global integration, on the mitigation of the climate crisis, on the well-being of citizens, on the implementation of values such as the rule of law and human rights, freedom and democracy if there is peace!”. The conference highlighted the immense role of women and the importance of making them believe in their safe future. Otherwise we all lose.

Ulrike Müller participates in the panel starting at 4:37