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Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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A GUEST POST BY AVILA KILMURRAY On Human Rights Day 2008, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission presented the Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward, with their well considered advice on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. The Bill had been promised under the terms of the Belfast – Good Friday Agreement, and [...]

Scottish Equalities Commission launches major new Inquiry into Human Trafficking in Scotland

Monday, February 22, 2010

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A GUEST POST BY WENDY ALEXANDER The Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland last week announced an in-depth Inquiry into human trafficking in Scotland with a particular focus on commercial sexual exploitation. This Inquiry cannot get underway too soon as, shockingly, there have been no convictions for trafficking offences in Scotland compared to over 100 [...]

Haiti: a glimmer of hope

Thursday, February 11, 2010

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Haiti: a glimmer of hope

A GUEST POST BY RADHA AGRAWAL I saw a glimmer of hope and a small ray emerge from the dark clouds that cast a devastating shadow over Haiti. Beyond the thousands of amputees, hundreds of thousands of Haitians without homes, 80% of businesses under rubble with no insurance to fall back on, multitudes of university [...]

Guest blogger: Radha Agrawal

Thursday, February 11, 2010

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Guest blogger: Radha Agrawal

An experienced producer and agent for commercials and music video directors for the past eight years, Radha decided to take her commercial experience to tell real, socially impactful stories. She joined forces with her college friend and together they started The Editorial Project www.editorialproject.com, a company whose aim is to create content with honest discourse [...]

Networking women leaders

Thursday, February 11, 2010

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A GUEST POST BY WENDY ALEXANDER I ended my last post with this question: with more women ministers globally – is it time to network them better? For the first time women in every EU member state hold leading positions in their executives and in their legislatures. Better networking can help resist those reactionary forces [...]

Guest blogger: Wendy Alexander

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

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Guest blogger: Wendy Alexander

Wendy Alexander has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament since it was created in 1999, serving as Leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament 2007 – 2008. She has held a variety of Ministerial positions in the Scottish Cabinet including as Communities Minister and Enterprise, Lifelong Learning, Tourism and Transport Minister. She has chaired [...]

Women responding to the downturn

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

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A GUEST POST BY WENDY ALEXANDER The global slowdown has arrested women’s economic advance globally. Yet, for the first time, there are women in government in many nations able to do something about it. Women’s earnings in the UK contribute 32% of household income, in France, 28%, and in Germany, 29%. In developing countries, women’s [...]

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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