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Cameroon: Catch the Wave (of Women)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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Cameroon: Catch the Wave (of Women)

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Last week was Vital Voices’ amazing 10th annual celebration of women leaders across the globe. One of the five honorees, Kah Walla, is a remarkable businesswoman, strategist, political activist and now candidate for president of Cameroon. I first met Kah several years ago, and have worked with her on [...]

Britain’s Role in Global Tax Justice

Monday, April 18, 2011

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Britain’s Role in Global Tax Justice

A BLOG POST BY JULIAN BOYS When David Cameron visited Pakistan last week, he highlighted the irony that many of the country’s vastly rich elite pay no tax, while huge numbers of Pakistanis live in grinding poverty. He then called on Pakistan to tax the rich more effectively. This caught our attention at Christian Aid, [...]

International Day for Street Children

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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An estimated 11 million children are living on the streets with no access to basic essentials.  This is an issue I feel deserves greater awareness and as such, I joined several others in writing a letter to the Guardian about International Day for Street Children. We urge people to join the campaign and bring street [...]

Blogging with Baroness Goudie

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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Blogging with Baroness Goudie

For the second year running, I moderated the Washington, DC blog breakfast for the baronessgoudie.com blog.  This smart blog, founded by my friend and member of the British House of Lords Baroness Mary Goudie, raises issues of importance to women and girls around the world including the fight to stop human trafficking and to build [...]

Raise Your Voice for Street Children

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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Raise Your Voice for Street Children

A BLOG POST BY LOUISE MEINCKE It is a strange thing that with millions of children living and working on the streets worldwide they are often overlooked – by policy makers, the media and the public. During the early 1990s street children were an issue of concern in the media and at UN level, when [...]

Burma and the UK Government

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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Questions asked by Baroness Goudie at the House of Lords on 5th of April 2011 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what meetings United Kingdom government officials have had with representatives of the Rohingya ethnic minority in Burma.[HL8101] The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): The Government are deeply concerned about [...]

People Trafficking What Will Spring Bring

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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Questions asked by Baroness Goudie at the House of Lords on March 29th 2011 regarding people trafficking. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research on human trafficking they plan to conduct in the next 12 months, in line with their obligations under Article 5a of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in [...]

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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