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Hillary Clinton: Her Brilliant Career

Thursday, November 26, 2009

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Hillary Clinton: Her Brilliant Career

VOGUE.COM: Jonathan Van Meter reports It is a dreary morning in early October in Washington, D.C., and perhaps because Hillary Rodham Clinton is wearing a black Oscar de la Renta suit on such a colorless day, she seems somber. I had trailed her for nearly two weeks this summer in Africa and then again in [...]

Baroness Goudie’s reply to the Queen’s speech at the House of Lords 19 November 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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Baroness Goudie’s reply to the Queen’s speech at the House of Lords 19 November 2009

My Lords, I welcome the gracious Speech and the speeches of noble Lords across the House who spoke yesterday. I want to mention a few items today: the Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) Bill, Afghanistan, the international aid Bill and the G20. I declare an interest as patron of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and a [...]

Rebecca Lolosoli – a true leader

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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Rebecca Lolosoli – a true leader

A GUEST POST BY MARY DALEY YERRICK Rebecca Lolosoli is an extraordinary community leader. More than a matriarch of a life-transforming group, she is the glue that holds it together. Samburu women are among the most marginalized groups in Kenya. With a low status in society, scarce access to education, they are last to receive [...]

Stopping Modern Day Slavery

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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Stopping Modern Day Slavery

A GUEST POST BY WENCHI YU Human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery, is one of the most egregious violations of human rights and crimes. Women, men, and children are the face of victims, most often found in forced sexual and labor exploitation. No countries are immune to human trafficking. According to various UN reports, [...]

No Women, no Peace – Campaign Video, Gender Action for Peace and Security UK

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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A Note from Baroness Goudie

Monday, November 16, 2009

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A Note from Baroness Goudie

My intention in writing this blog is to bring to the forefront of people’s minds issues of inequality, human rights and human trafficking. These issues are happening daily and we need to be more conscious of them to bring pressure on civil society, the private sector and governments around the world to campaign to eliminate [...]

Stories That Matter

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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Economic Summit for Ghanaian Women

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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Economic Summit for Ghanaian Women

A GUEST POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER — Recently, I travelled to Accra, Ghana to participate as a speaker and trainer in a two-day economic summit, co-sponsored by Vital Voices, the Eagle Women’s Empowerment Club (EWEC), a club of 450 Ghanaian women who own small and medium-sized businesses, and the Exxon Mobil Foundation.

Creating Opportunities in Hard Times

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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Creating Opportunities in Hard Times

A GUEST POST BY AVILA KILMURRAY – I was recently at the Windsor Women’s Centre – located in the Village area of south-west Belfast – a largely loyalist community of traditional mill houses that have outlasted the linen mills that they were built to serve. It is an area that experiences high rates of unemployment; [...]

Interesting Reads

Monday, November 2, 2009

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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide By Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn Two Pulitzer Prize winners expose the most pervasive human rights violation of our era—the oppression of women in the developing world—and tell us what we can do about it. Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live [...]

Women, Peace and Security – UN Security Council Resolution 1325

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 SecurityPeaceWomenUSIP, and The Institute for Inclusive Security.

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