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The Hague, 4 September 2014 - The Dutch diplomat Marriët Schuurman will become the new NATO Special Representative for "Women, Peace and Security".  NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen wants to appoint her as successor of the Norwegian Mari Skåre. This was reported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs today.

Schuurman will be responsible for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which calls for strengthening the role of women during and after armed conflicts. NATO needs to mobilize the power of those women and give them the opportunity to participate meaningfully in the political dialogue and the peace and reconstruction process of their country.

The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that the Netherlands is strongly committed to support women in conflict situations, as in Afghanistan.

Schuurman is now an ambassador for the Netherlands in Macedonia.