The Security Council met on 22 February 2014 to discuss the agenda item entitled, the situation in the Middle East and voted on the draft resolution document
S/2014/115, subsequently adopted resolution 2139 (2014) on Syria. A discussion followed the adoption.
Women’s protection concerns are referenced on five occasions during the meeting, regarding violence against civilians and crimes of widespread sexual and
There are significant missed opportunities to reference women’s participation and empowerment concerns during the meeting. All speakers failed to acknowledge
the important role of women in seeking a political solution to the conflict, and failed to call for gender-specific health and psychosocial services for women. Further,
gender remains devoid from the discussion of humanitarian access and delivery.