Sunday, April 6, 2014
A BLOG POST BY STEVE TRENT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FOUNDATION (EJF) Combatting human trafficking is a global challenge and one that must involve all of us if the demand that fuels it is to be reduced and eventually eliminated. In many industries across the world, demand for cheap, standardised products continues to fuel abusive labour [...]
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
A BLOG POST BY LOUISE MEINCKE FOR STREET CHILDREN The preparations for the World Cup in Brazil are gathering momentum, and a lot of media attention has been paid to the riots and demonstrations. However, a recent Sky News documentary uncovered a hidden side to the preparations for the World Cup – that children as young [...]
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FROM THE GUARDIAN Human trafficking generates huge profits, but legislation falls short on confiscating the cash and prosecuting ringleaders All too often slavery in some of its more contemporary manifestations – human trafficking, the exploitation of migrant workers, the buying and selling of women and girls into the sex trade – [...]
Sat, Apr 12, 2014
A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FOR www.buildingpeaceforum.com This autobiography is personal and political, as many women’s stories are. Humaira Awais Shahid is a Pakistani activist, journalist, and mother who ultimately became a parliamentarian to effect positive change for women in her country. Humaira tells her story through frank and compelling prose, and her [...]
Mon, Mar 31, 2014
A BLOG POST BY LOUISE MEINCKE FOR STREET CHILDREN Some estimates of street children run as high as 100 million – the truth is that no one really knows. Street children are marginalised and stigmatised, but also some of the most resilient and inspiring children and young people in the world today. Every day they [...]
Sun, Feb 9, 2014
A BLOG POST BY WENCHI YU AND ANNE MACDONALD FOR FORBES Recently in Yangon, over a hundred youth representing every region and ethnic minority in Myanmar participated in their first “Tech Camp,” a U.S.-government sponsored conference on using technology to tackle critical challenges. Among the attendees were Chit Ko Ko Win and Ethan Kurt, two Myanmar [...]
Mon, Feb 3, 2014
A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Honored to have been a part of this important panel at the Woodrow Wilson Center on women’s participation: “Arab Spring or Arab Autumn: Women’s Political Participation in the Arab Uprisings and Beyond.”
Fri, Jan 31, 2014
A BLOG POST BY CHERIE BLAIR FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST Last week, I attended my sixth Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland. I attended many of the sessions in and out of the forum and there was no shortage of women’s faces. But appearances can be deceptive. Many women attending [...]
Women, Peace and Security
UN Security Council Resolution 1325 was the first of its kind to specifically address the unique impact of conflict on women, and women’s important contributions to conflict resolution and sustainable peace. Passed in 2000, it marked a watershed moment when the international community formally recognized the integral role of women and gender to peace and security. UNSCR 1325 has remained an essential tool for encouraging governments to fulfill their obligations to ensure women are included as agents for peace and security in all processes, and its framework has inspired further action by the UN and civil societies and governments around the world to mainstream gender into their work on conflict resolution.
Following UNSCR 1325, subsequent Security Council Resolutions further defined the importance of women’s roles in conflict and peacebuilding. Resolutions 1820, passed in 2008, and 1888, passed in 2009, recognize sexual violence as an issue of international peace and security and reiterate the need for a comprehensive response to sexual and gender-based violence. In 2010, Resolution 1960 created specific steps needed for the prevention of sexual violence, and Resolution 2106 in 2013 looked specifically at accountability for crimes of sexual violence. The most recent resolution on women, peace and security, UNSCR 2122, aims to strengthen measures to improve the participation of women in all phases of conflict resolution and prevention.
UNSCR 1325 and successive Resolutions are an important show of international support that ensure women, peace and security are on the agenda for international organizations and governments across the globe, but there are many steps between the passage of such resolutions and their full implementation on the ground. One tool that helps bridge this gap are National Action Plans(NAPs), written plans that specify how a country will mainstream gender, and the principles of 1325 into its defense, development and diplomatic activities. Over 36 countries in the world have drafted NAPs, and that number is growing every year.
In addition to government- and UN-level documents and programs, it is important to consider the work women do in more informal, Track II diplomatic and peace negotiations. Around the world, women are active as civil society leaders, and in many cases, such as Liberia, Northern Ireland and the Philippines, their grassroots work has played a major role in peace processes.
For more resources on women, peace and security, visit The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, PeaceWomen, USIP, and The Institute for Inclusive Security.