Saturday, August 23, 2014
A BLOG POST BY NABEEHA KAZI, MIA, MPH FOR DEVEX When we talk about building pathways toward progress, feeding and nourishing those who are most vulnerable must take center stage. Poor nutrition is entirely preventable, yet continues to cause 45 percent of deaths in children under the age of 5. Nutrition is not only central to [...]
Friday, August 8, 2014
Ritu Sharma is co-founder and president of the U.S.- based nonprofit Women Thrive Worldwide and has been a leading voice on global women’s issues for more than 20 years. She is author of the recently released book, Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe. It was my pleasure to have the opportunity [...]
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 [...]
Sun, Jul 24, 2016
In May I was so pleased to be part of the 2016 Power Shift Forum’s Oxford union-style debate on women on boards – “This house believes nations should adopt quotas for women on corporate boards” It was an important debate on the pros and cons of imposing quotas to improve female representation on boards. As [...]
Sun, Jun 5, 2016
FROM WOMENPEACEWIRE, GEORGETOWN INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY The Power Shift Forum, which has been held the last several years at the University of Oxford under the leadership of its founder, Professor Linda Scott, moved across the Atlantic this year and was held for the first time [...]
Mon, May 30, 2016
FROM SARAH DEGNAN KAMBOU, PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN Perched at the very top of the Hotel Bella Sky with views stretching from the strait of Oresund to the spires of Copenhagen, we hosted more than 100 guests – dignitaries from around the globe, leaders of development [...]
Tue, May 24, 2016
In April I took part in the Women’s Forum on Economy and Society in Mexico City. Women’s Forum is the world’s leading platform for women’s views and voices on major social and economic issues. Forum’s are held around the globe and each focuses on the important issues [...]
Tue, Mar 8, 2016
A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST International Women’s Day is an important opportunity to reflect on how much progress we have made, but also an integral moment to address what still needs to be done to ensure women are able to exist equally to men in all walks of life. This [...]
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.