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Women Leading in a Global Economy

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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Women Leading in a Global Economy

A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE Last Friday I was invited to participate in the City Women’s Network (CWN) conference. I was on the opening panel with the wonderful moderator Alison Maitland. We were joined by Noreen Doyle and Fiona Woolf CBE, Sheriff and Alderman for the City of London. Our panel discussed the Lord [...]

International Widows’ Day

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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International Widows’ Day

A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE On the 23rd of June we celebrated the first United Nations International Widows’ Day.  The commemoration of International Women’s Day has been marked as a day that we salute the achievements of women all over the world who have suffered the great loss of losing their husbands but have [...]

Building Women’s Leadership in Business & Politics

Monday, June 27, 2011

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Building Women’s Leadership in Business & Politics

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Earlier this week, I spoke on a panel at the “Democracy the Delivers for Women” Conference sponsored by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). CIPE is one of the four core institutions funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) – alongside the National Democratic Institute for International [...]

Preventing Workplace Exploitation

Monday, June 27, 2011

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Preventing Workplace Exploitation

A BLOG POST BY JOANNA EWART-JAMES Supply Chain Programme Co-ordinator, Anti-Slavery International The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has proven to be an effective mechanism for preventing the exploitation of temporary workers in agriculture, forestry, horticulture, shellfish gathering, food and drink processing and packaging. However in other industries – particularly in hospitality, care and construction – [...]

The Role of UN Women in Empowering Women Worldwide

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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The Role of UN Women in Empowering Women Worldwide

A BLOG POST BY THE WOMEN’S FOREIGN POLICY GROUP New York, NY – On April 28, 2011, Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women and Under-Secretary-General for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, addressed WFPG on the role her agency plays in the political and economic empowerment of women internationally. The luncheon was held [...]

African Child’s Day, 16th of June

Monday, June 13, 2011

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African Child’s Day, 16th of June

A BLOG POST BY LOUISE MEINCKE, STREET CHILDREN “We should give back to our street children their childhood” – 21st commemoration of the Day of the African Child Every year, on 16thJune, the African Union celebrates the Day of the African Child. The commemoration offers an opportunity to remember the massacre of children in Soweto [...]

Up to 27 Million Trapped in Slavery Worldwide

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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Up to 27 Million Trapped in Slavery Worldwide

CATHERINE HORNBY, REUTERS CHAINS: US Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca is calling on the countries of the world to take a harder stance on human slavery. Up to 27 million people are modern-day slaves, and migrants fleeing violence in North Africa are among those most at risk of being exploited, a senior US official said on Wednesday. [...]

What Women Want: Strong Women’s Policy Platforms

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

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What Women Want: Strong Women’s Policy Platforms

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Strong anti-discrimination laws. A network of shelters for domestic violence victims, and expanded hotlines for victims of violence. Loans and incentives for women owned businesses. A minimum health care package for women including preventive services. More women running for elected office. Sound familiar? These are all issues that we [...]

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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