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Child trafficking fears as children go missing in Haiti

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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Child trafficking fears as children go missing in Haiti

POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE Aid agencies working in Haiti are worried about the number of unaccounted children missing since the earthquake, who are at risk of falling prey to child traffickers and to families from abroad who are desperate to adopt. UNICEF spokesperson Roshan Khadiva, said ‘The earthquake had left thousands of children vulnerable’ and [...]

Guest blogger: Kathleen Vaughan

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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Guest blogger: Kathleen Vaughan

Kathleen Vaughan is an Executive Vice President and member of the Management Committee at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage where she leads Wholesale Lending. She has been leading scale financial services companies for the last 20 years.  Kathleen started her career at Goldman Sachs and went on to lead mid-sized financial services companies before joining Wells [...]

Finding practical solutions for the complex problem of poverty alleviation

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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A GUEST POST BY KATHLEEN VAUGHAN As a career I chose to solve problems for start-up, growth and problem-filled financial services companies. To be effective, one must call upon an ability to lead diverse teams, an ability to keep a quick pace for extended periods of time, an ability to be a tenacious change-agent, and [...]

Interview with Petra Nemcova

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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Interview with Petra Nemcova

BY STEPHENIE FOSTER On December 26 2004, a tsunami of devastating proportions hit the Indian Ocean, killing more than 230,000 people and displacing more than 1.4 million. Former model Petra Němcová was vacationing in Thailand when the 2004 tsunami struck. Several months later, Petra returned to Thailand to see what she could do to help [...]

Update on Haitian Earthquake

Thursday, January 14, 2010

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Update on Haitian Earthquake

A GUEST POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Tuesday afternoon’s 7.0 earthquake in Haiti has caused massive death and destruction. The Red Cross estimates that one third of Haiti’s nine million people may need emergency aid. On Wednesday morning (January 13), the Haitian Prime Minister told CNN that he believed that hundreds of thousands of Haitians may [...]

ECPAT UK conference: The UK and child exploitation, where in the world are we?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

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On 20th November 2009, ECPAT UK together with the Metropolitan Police Service’s Operation Golf (Operation Golf is a part EC funded ‘Joint Investigation Team’ investigating Romanian Roma organised crime networks. This investigation targets one of the largest human trafficking rings in Europe, trafficking children for the purposes of begging, volume crime and large scale benefit [...]

Natwest Everywoman Awards

Thursday, January 14, 2010

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Natwest Everywoman Awards

Winners in NatWest Everywoman Awards announced The UK’s leaders in business come together to recognise and celebrate the UK’s most inspirational female entrepreneurs 2 December 2009: The UK’s most inspirational female entrepreneurs are today being championed, as the winners in the 2009 NatWest everywoman awards are announced. In a year that has undeniably been one [...]

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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