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 – [...]
Thursday, January 10, 2013
A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST The world was shocked following the tragic gang rape and murder of a 23 year old women in Delhi last month. This horrific attack has put the spotlight on India’s ongoing struggle to embed equality into society and ensure women are treated with respect. The [...]
Tue, Jul 15, 2014
As the summer break approaches I wanted to take this opportunity to send you an update on the work I have been doing over the last few months and to give you information on some really important organisations that I am passionate about and have been working with. I was pleased to attend the ‘End [...]
Mon, May 26, 2014
A BLOG POST BY NIAMH CORBETT, 30% CLUB STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER We have long argued that balancing the pyramid of women is the true key to sustainable change, and it is no secret that it continues to be an issue for business. It remains an issue because there is no single identifiable reason behind the [...]
Tue, Apr 29, 2014
FROM THE 30% CLUB The 30% Club, a group of Chairs and CEOs committed to better gender balance at all levels of their organisations through voluntary actions, announced its official launch in the United States today. Peter Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg L.P., will serve as founding U.S. Chair. The organisation launches with 24 Founding Supporters. The 30% [...]
Thu, Apr 17, 2014
A BLOG POST BY DAN JONES, COORDINATOR, ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON GLOBAL EDUCATION FOR ALL How can we Fund the Future by ensuring every child in the world can complete a quality basic education? That was the question discussed at a recent All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All event. Parliamentarians, government representatives, NGOs, [...]
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 [...]
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.