Archive | September, 2010

Closing the Gender Gap on Corporate Boards

Thursday, September 23, 2010

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER On September 16, I attended an exciting day-long forum on closing the gender gap on corporate boards. The forum was hosted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and was the brainchild of Susan Ness, a Senior Fellow at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations [...]

Ghana: business women leading the way

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

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Ghana: business women leading the way

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER I just spent the last week in Accra, attending meetings sponsored by Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Africa Businesswomen’s Network (the ABWN) and the ExxonMobil Foundation. These organizations aim to build and support a network of businesswomen organizations in Africa to expand the number of women succeeding as entrepreneurs [...]

Floods in Pakistan – Voices from the Ground

Friday, September 3, 2010

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Guest Blogger – Roshaneh Zafar, Founder and Managing Director Kashf Foundation, Pakistan Dr Yunus once told me that if we wait for the ideal world to happen we will never be able to bring about change.  I am beginning to feel that this is exactly what is happening with respect to the response of the [...]

African Business Women Driving Economic Change

Thursday, September 2, 2010

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By Stephenie Foster Accra, Ghana — Just landed in Accra and went directly to the African Businesswomen Network (ABWN)/Vital Voices meeting focusing on supplier diversity. The 30 women (and one man) attending were just finishing a four day intensive session on how women owned businesses can prepare themselves to make the best business case possible [...]

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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