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The Power of Mentoring: Established Leaders Giving Voice to Emerging Leaders

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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The Power of Mentoring: Established Leaders Giving Voice to Emerging Leaders

A GUEST POST BY ALYSE NELSON, President and CEO of Vital Voices Globlal Partnership. This past week in Washington, D.C., some of the most innovative, influential leaders gathered for the 12th annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. From pioneering executives like Ann Moore, chairman of TIME Inc., to Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, [...]

Creating New Models of Women’s Power in Kosovo

Monday, October 11, 2010

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Creating New Models of Women’s Power in Kosovo

A GUEST POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER I just returned from Pristina, Kosovo, where I spent a week talking with (mostly) women leaders about the critical role of women in driving political and substantive policy change. I was there as part of the U.S. Speaker program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. See http://www.facebook.com/#!/notes/us-embassy-pristina-kosovo/women-leaders-in-kosovo-you-are-creating-new-models-of-womens-power-for-your-cou/156375374382822 My [...]

Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer speaking at Vital Voices of Asia Women’s Summit‏

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer speaking at Vital Voices of Asia Women’s Summit‏

It is a special pleasure for me to be here today with all of you. I want to add my welcome to this extraordinary gathering of women leaders from across Asia. We at the U.S. Department of State are proud to be a partner in this enterprise. Today I hold a new position in my [...]

Threats to the security of child rights NGOs in the Niger Delta

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

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Threats to the security of child rights NGOs in the Niger Delta

A GUEST POST BY DR EMILIE SECKER AND LOUISE MEINCKE Stepping Sones Nigeria (SSN) is a UK-based child rights charity which, together with Nigerian partner organisations, works to protect the rights of vulnerable children in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. One of our partners, the Child Rights and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN), runs a shelter [...]

Support to Elect More Women to Office in Haiti

Monday, October 4, 2010

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The Women Donors Network (WDN), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) has set a goal to raise $80,000 to help elect more women to office in Haiti’s November 2010 elections. Charitable donations may be made payable to WDN-Haiti Action Circle and mailed to 565 Commercial Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94111. VISA, MasterCharge and American Express also [...]

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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