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Peace building in Afghanistan

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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A GUEST POST BY MAURA DONLAN On 1st December at the United States Military Academy at West Point, President Obama called for a significant increase in the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. He declared that 30,000 additional troops is what is needed to “seize the initiative, while building the Afghan capacity that can allow for a [...]

Guest Blogger: Maura Donlan

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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Guest Blogger: Maura Donlan

Maura Donlan has worked on gender and peace building projects at the United Nations and in South Africa. She currently lives in London and can be reached at maura.donlan@gmail.com.

Women Entrepreneurs’ Training in Uganda

Thursday, December 3, 2009

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Women Entrepreneurs’ Training in Uganda

A GUEST POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Last month, I wrote about my work in Ghana with a group of women entrepreneurs. This month, I traveled to Uganda for a similar program sponsored by Vital Voices and the Exxon Mobil Foundation. In Uganda, we worked with the Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited (UWEAL). Established in 1987, [...]

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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