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Armenia: Women Building a Policy Platform

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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Armenia: Women Building a Policy Platform

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Last week, I traveled to Yerevan, Armenia to facilitate a two day conference of women from across Armenia, and from various political parties and NGOs, to develop a national women’s policy platform. The goal of developing such a platform is to use it to advocate for changes to government [...]

La Pietra Coalition to Plan Advocacy to the G20 to Expand Women’s Economic Opportunity

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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WASHINGTON, DC. May 23, 2011 La Pietra Coalition, a global initiative to advance women and their economic opportunities will hold its 3rd annual meeting meet in Florence, Italy at New York University’s Italian Campus from May 28-30. The Coalition’s platform advocates investing in women’s economic growth as the critical step to greater prosperity for communities, [...]

How Have Things Changed for Women Since May 2010?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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How Have Things Changed for Women Since May 2010?

A BLOG POST BY REBECCA LURY The Coalition government formed in May 2010 failed to promote significantly more women to Cabinet that previous Governments. A year on, how has the Government fared with the decisions that it made? The Liberal Democrats have five Cabinet positions, however, not a single one of those was given to [...]

5 Elections to Watch for Women in 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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5 Elections to Watch for Women in 2011

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Egypt, Tunisia, Liberia, Cameroon, United States As we all know the international political world has changed dramatically since the beginning of the year.  Frequently after my speeches, classes or university forums, students (particularly young women) often ask me how they can get involved.  I’m struck by their enthusiasm, dedication [...]

Baroness Goudie raises her hand at No.10 Downing Street to protect child victims of trafficking

Monday, May 16, 2011

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Baroness Goudie raises her hand at No.10 Downing Street to protect child victims of trafficking

BLOG POST BY ECPAT UK – 13th May 2011 Labour Peer Baroness Goudie yesterday joined ECPAT UK and The Body Shop staff and celebrity campaign supporter Martine McCutcheon to hand over a huge petition at No.10 Downing Street calling for greater protection for child victims of trafficking in the UK. The petition, launched in July [...]

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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