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Afnan Al Zayani: A role model for Arab women working to balance business, family and community

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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Afnan Al Zayani: A role model for Arab women working to balance business, family and community

The Vital Voices’ 2010 Awards, Leadership in Public Life category went to Afnan Al Zayani. Wife, mother, television cooking show star, activist and multi-million dollar company CEO, Afnan Al Zayani is transcending categories. Born and raised in Manama, Bahrain, Afnan grew up in a tightly knit family bound by tradition and grounded in faith. In [...]

Vital Voices 2010 Global Leadership Awards

Thursday, March 18, 2010

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Vital Voices 2010 Global Leadership Awards

The 2010 Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards at the Kennedy Center on March 10 was a smashing success, raising over $1.3 million to support women leaders working to strengthen democracy, increase economic opportunity and protect human rights around the world. More than 1,000 friends and supporters packed the Eisenhower Theater for the annual event, themed [...]

Stephenie Foster in conversation with Jenny Luray on the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Thursday, March 18, 2010

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How did Nancy Brinker come to found Susan G. Komen for the Cure? Thirty years ago, Nancy promised her dying sister, Suzy, that she would do all she could to end breast cancer. In those days in the U.S., people discussed the disease in whispers. Ignorance, fear and hopelessness prevailed. There was little access to [...]

International Women of Courage Award Ceremony

Thursday, March 11, 2010

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International Women of Courage Award Ceremony

March 10, 2010 In celebration of International Women’s Day, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presented the fourth annual Award for International Women of Courage to ten women from around the world. This award recognizes their courage and leadership as they fight for social justice, human rights, and the advancement of women. The Secretary of [...]

Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaking at a breakfast on International Women’s Day

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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Issue Gordon Brown has called for more women in Britain’s boardrooms as he met leading female executives at a breakfast meeting to mark International Women’s Day. Key points The Prime Minister said: “We all recognise the value of strong role models for women in all walks of life – and there are many in politics, [...]

Baroness Goudie’s speech in the House of Lords in the debate to celebrate International Women’s day

Sunday, March 7, 2010

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4th of March 2010 Baroness Goudie: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Miller, for calling for this debate today and apologise to her for arriving a few minutes late-it started a bit sharp. I have known of her reputation for working for women’s improvement since I met her just over 30 years ago, [...]

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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