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Manual for Women Running for Office

Monday, July 26, 2010

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Manual for Women Running for Office

Advocacy and Running for Office: A Training Manual for Women brings together materials from across the globe to focus on helping women develop critical advocacy and political skills. Published by Vital Voices, and supported by the ExxonMobil Foundation, the manual provides pragmatic advice on how to build skills and inspire women to engage in public [...]

Blog Breakfast

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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On Tuesday, July 13, 2010, Baroness Goudie hosted her first blog breakfast in Washington, DC.  There were over 40 high powered Washington women and men in attendance, all of whom are committed to global women’s issues and effective action.  The breakfast was very much like a blog – spirited, with lots of back and forth, [...]

U.N. creates new body on women, gender equality

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

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U.N. creates new body on women, gender equality

(Reuters) – After years of difficult negotiations, the U.N. General Assembly voted on Friday to set up a body that will seek to improve the situation of women and girls around the world. The new body will be known officially as the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, although officials say [...]

Girl’s Education

Monday, July 5, 2010

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Girl’s Education

A BLOG POST BY WENCHI YU U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton often says, “Talent is universal, but opportunity is not.” During my recent trip to a rural village in Nepal, I witnessed how a girl can have a hopeful future when given the opportunity to education. Thanks to Room to Read, an international [...]

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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