The role of men and boys is indispensable in achieving both gender equality in economic, social and cultural rights and the right to peace. The Charter of the United Nations was the first international instrument to recognize women’s equal rights with men and has prompted / stimulated / motivated the provision of a legal codification of these rights in international human rights treaties and national laws. It follows that a transformed partnership based on equality between women and men is needed as a condition for people-centred sustainable development and world peace.
The most critical deterrent to the establishment of world peace is the inequality that remains in the mental attitudes and behaviour that perpetuate the notion of power that deprives others of the enjoyment of their basic human rights and human dignity. it follows that equality between women and men is a matter of human rights and a condition for social justice, as well as a necessary and fundamental prerequisite for equality, development and peace. The preamble of the CEDAW highlights that ‘the welfare of the world and the cause of peace require the maximum participation of women on equal terms with men in all fields.” http://www.wunrn.com/pdf/brics.pdf