By Ebi Kesiena
Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Martin Kimani, has stated that Kenya calls for renewed commitment to a peace process following the conflict between Israel and Gaza.
Speaking during the annual open debate on women, peace, and security at the UN Security Council, Kimani said without women’s insights and interests at the core of discussions with Israel, Palestine, and other stakeholders, the world jeopardizes the potential for enduring peace, and risk further calamity.
“The war between Israel and Hamas disrupts a status quo that was unacceptable to Kenya which understands the Palestinian yearning for independence and sovereignty.
“It was unacceptable to us who sympathise with Israel’s constant vigilance against existential threats.” He said.
According to Kimani, the terror attacks by Hamas have greatly harmed Israeli women.
“Alongside other civilians, these women face significant hardships due to ongoing military operations. They are often deprived of safe birthing services, vital supplies, and essentials like protection from airstrikes, food, and water,” he noted.
As part of his call, he also pleaded for the voices and stories of mothers and daughters to be heard.
“Women are too often portrayed in media mainly as victims, sidelining their roles as leaders or decision-makers. This very marginalisation spurred the creation of Resolution 1325 nearly twenty-five years ago.”
“Immediate, unhindered humanitarian access is imperative to address the pressing needs of girls and women in Gaza,” he said.
Additionally, Kimani said there is a pressing demand for forums that promote dialogue, education, activism, and policy-making.
He however expressed sympathy to both victims and survivors of the violence on both sides adding that Kenya is in support of a peace process within the earliest possible time.
“We unequivocally condemn this terrorism and acknowledge Israel’s right to defend its citizens against Hamas’s actions.”