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Children’s Rights Threatened by Witchcraft

Monday, November 29, 2010

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Children’s Rights Threatened by Witchcraft

Nigeria: Witchcraft Question Asked by Baroness Goudie on November 25th, 2010 at the House of Lords To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recent reports of an increase in intimidation and harassment of non-governmental organisations working to defend the rights of children accused of witchcraft in Nigeria, what steps they are taking to [...]

Women battle for Health in Haiti

Monday, November 22, 2010

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Women battle for Health in Haiti

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER As Haiti continues to battle cholera and struggle with reconstruction, many of us continue to be concerned about the impact of continued natural and medical crises on Haitian women. Here is a short update on one group that is working in Haiti to bring much needed coordination and relief [...]

Inspiring women: In search of a modern muse

Monday, November 22, 2010

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Inspiring women: In search of a modern muse

Meet the female tycoons behind Specsavers, The White company and many more of our best enterprises. Now, these role models are joining forces to launch Modern Muse, an ambitious project to inspire a new generation fo British businesswomen. See article in the Independent http://ind.pn/9iL8xg

Club aspires to give women 30% role on boards

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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The aim is to shake up male-dominated boardrooms see FT piece http://bit.ly/95sdd7 Follow the 30% Club www.30percentclub.org.uk/press-releases

Hidden in Plain View: Adolescent Girls on the Streets

Thursday, November 4, 2010

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Hidden in Plain View: Adolescent Girls on the Streets

A GUEST POST BY LOUISE MEINCKE, ADOVCACY MANAGER, CONSORTIUM FOR STREET CHILDREN When Plan International recently published their fourth Because I am a Girl report a large part of it was dedicated to the issue of girls living and working on the streets around the world. Why? Because adolescent girls on the street are some [...]

Report about child pornography in the Commonwealth‏

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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Report about child pornography in the Commonwealth‏

A GUEST POST BY JOHN CARR When approached by the Commonwealth Technology Organization and asked to present about online child safety at a meeting they were arranging in London I accepted immediately. However, when I started researching what was currently happening in Commonwealth countries I began, as I always do, by checking out the position [...]

Statement of GlobalPower 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

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WHEREAS nine elected and appointed women representatives from nine countries from around the world met under the auspices of GlobalPOWER®, a project of the Center for Women Policy Studies, from October 17 through October 21, 2010 in Washington DC, and WHEREAS the theme of this convening was advancing women’s human rights globally, especially the full [...]

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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