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Human Trafficking EU Directive

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Question Asked By Baroness Royall of Blaisdon To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received asking them to help stop human trafficking by opting in to the European Union Directive. The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Neville-Jones): My Lords, the Government received a range of representations, including from parliamentarians, members of the [...]

Women Farmers Key to Food Security

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Women Farmers Key to Food Security

POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER In the next two years, the world’s population will reach seven billion people. Today, approximately 925 million people, or 16 per cent of the developing world’s population, are chronically hungry due to extreme poverty. Despite some progress in alleviating hunger in 2010, world food prices rose 15 per cent between October [...]

EU Directive – Human Trafficking

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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EU Directive – Human Trafficking

Yesterday the British Government has agreed to opt into the EU Directive. Please see below ministerial statement. We now have to ensure that all measures are in place including funding. The Minister for Immigration (Damian Green): I am writing today to the Parliamentary Scrutiny Committees in both Houses, seeking their views on the Government’s intention to [...]

Japan Relief Needs Our Help

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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Japan Relief Needs Our Help

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER The multiple disasters facing Japan have shocked us all: the destructive force of the earthquake, the resulting tsunami, and the potential meltdowns of the nuclear power plants. It is estimated that 21,000 people are either dead or missing, and there is unimaginable damage and then rebuilding to come.  Reports are that [...]

Where Am I?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

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Where Am I?

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER I felt like I was at a NOW conference.  Well, not quite. For the last two days, I attended a meeting put on by UN Women and the UN Global Compact to examine the progress made this last year in the implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles.    The Women’s [...]

Courage is Contagious

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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Courage is Contagious

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Today, March 8, 2011, is the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. I was privileged to spend part of the day at the US State Department Fifth Annual Women of Courage Awards. I think I’ve been almost every year, and I am always amazed that each year-group of awardees seems [...]

Baroness Goudie’s Question to Government on People Trafficking

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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Baroness Goudie’s Question to Government on People Trafficking

7th MARCH 2011 Baroness Goudie: My Lords, is it not correct that the European convention on human trafficking was amended at the end of last year and that the United Kingdom has decided not to sign up to that amendment? Would it not be right now, after what the Minister has said further to what [...]

Haiti Day Two 25th February 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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Haiti Day Two 25th February 2011

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER We had another amazing (and packed) day, starting at 7 am and ending around 10 pm. We met with candidates for office and those providing extraordinary service to Haitians. We started with a 7 am mass at St. Damien’s, a complex of hospitals and school rooms, located 500 meters [...]

On the Ground in Haiti 24th February 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011

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On the Ground in Haiti 24th February 2011

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER I’m here in Port-au-Prince on a trip organized by my fellow member of the Women Donors Network, Maria Bello. Maria has a deep commitment to Haiti and to working with Haitians to develop sustainable and long-term solutions to real problems.  There are seven of us here, to really learn [...]

Global Violence Against Women

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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Global Violence Against Women

A BLOG POST BY MAZNA HUSSAIN A couple of weeks ago, and a few days before Valentine’s Day, my father presented my mother with a lovely bouquet of flowers. Pleased, but somewhat quizzical, Mom asked Dad what warranted the early gift, to which Dad happily responded that the flowers were in celebration of Hosni Mubarak’s [...]

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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