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Watching North Africa and Yemen

Monday, January 31, 2011

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Watching North Africa and Yemen

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Like so many others, I have been watching the unfolding events in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen on CNN and BBC.  I am keenly interested, having worked with women running for office, NGOs and party activists in this region, in particular in Yemen, a country where I have travelled five [...]

Not My Life

Monday, January 31, 2011

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Not My Life

A film about slavery in our time. A story about the way the world is. Not My Life is the first documentary film to depict the horrifying and dangerous practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. Filmed on five continents over a period of four years, Not My Life unflinchingly, but [...]

Protecting Children from Sexual Exploitation in Tourism

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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Protecting Children from Sexual Exploitation in Tourism

A POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE A number of children organisations across the world are coming together with individuals to encourage the international community to ensure that children everywhere enjoy their fundamental rights, free and secure from all forms of commercial and sexual exploitation. The campaign is proposing and asking suppliers of tourism services to commit [...]

Women and the UN

Monday, January 10, 2011

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Women and the UN

A GUEST POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER On January 1, 2011, the new UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) officially opened its doors.  UN Women brings together the work of four previously distinct UN entities which focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment: the Division for the Advancement of Women [...]

What is the QDDR and what does it have to do with women?

Monday, January 10, 2011

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What is the QDDR and what does it have to do with women?

A GUEST POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER On December 15, 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), which sets out the blueprint for U.S. international assistance and diplomacy, with the goal of making US foreign assistance more effective, efficient and accountable. The QDDR was the result of a 17-month [...]

Women, Peace and Security – UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Friday, January 7, 2011

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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 [...]

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Friday, January 7, 2011

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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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