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Baroness Goudie’s contribution at the House of Lords to the debate on the Millenium Goal for Primary Education

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Baroness Goudie’s contribution at the House of Lords to the debate on the Millenium Goal for Primary Education

Baroness Goudie: My Lords, talent is universal but opportunity is not. I welcome the Minister’s statement that the coalition Government will continue to support the millennium goals. The coalition Government and the opposition need to put pressure on Governments, as did our former Prime Ministers, Mr Blair and Mr Brown. We need to have the [...]

Ukraine promises EU to extend fight against corruption and human trafficking

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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Ukraine promises EU to extend fight against corruption and human trafficking

The Government of Ukraine on Wednesday promised the Spanish Presidency of the European Union to extend the battle against corruption, human and drug trafficking and to improve border control, steps that will help lead to the lifting of visa requirements for Ukrainians. Spain’s Secretaries of State for Security, Antonio Camacho, and Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, [...]

British Government Commitment to Women in Afghanistan

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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British Government Commitment to Women in Afghanistan

In the House of Lords on the 14th of June 2010, Baroness Goudie asked the following: Baroness Goudie: My Lords, I welcome very much the Statement by the Leader of the House and the Prime Minister today, and the commitment to funds for the future of the Ministry of Defence. More importantly, however, there is [...]

Former President Bachelet Emphasizes Key Role of Women in Post-Disaster Reconstruction

Monday, June 14, 2010

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Former President Bachelet Emphasizes Key Role of Women in Post-Disaster Reconstruction

A POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER On Monday, June 7, Her Excellency Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile (2006-2010) addressed a packed room in downtown Washington, DC, at an event co-sponsored by the Aspen Institute Council of Women World Leaders and the Bertelsmann Foundation, and moderated by Dr. Julia Sweig of the (U.S.) Council on Foreign [...]

Women Deliver Global Conference 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

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Women Deliver Global Conference 2010

From June 7th to 9th, Washington DC was host to the 2010 Women Deliver Global Conference, a global event dedicated to deliver socio-cultural, economic, technological and political solutions to improve women’s health and particularly maternal health. The event hosted remarkable speakers and representatives of political groups, civil society groups, NGO’s and international organizations from 146 [...]

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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