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Chartered Management Institute Gender survey

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY REBECCA LURY Today, the Chartered Management Institute has the published its latest figures on the gender pay gap. The headline figure shows that the gender pay gap has increased to £10,546, a £515 rise from last year. With such a slow rate of progress, the CMI estimate that parity will only [...]

Don’t forget Burma

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE The issue of humanitarian abuses in Burma has been something I have voiced concerns about for many years.  Today, the European Parliamentary Caucus on Burma calls on the European Union to officially support a United Nations Commission of Inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity and take actions [...]

Check Out THIS List: Forbes Most Powerful Women

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER I’m not usually a list person but this is a great list. Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list was released last week.  The top 10 are women are trailblazers and role models:  German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, PepsiCo CEO Indra [...]

Sex & Power 2011 report in today’s Guardian

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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Following The Sex & Power 2011 report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission published last Wednesday, I was very interested to contribute to Amelia Hill’s article in today’s Guardian on the subject. The article highlights salient issues surrounding gender inequality in executive positions, and I believe, a lack of emphasis on women being put [...]

TALKING WITH KATHRYN BOLKOVAC ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE AS THE WHISTLEBLOWER

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER After seeing (and reviewing) The Whistleblower, I contacted Kathryn Bolkovac, whose story is the basis of the movie, and interviewed her. Her answers speak for themselves, but also give such a sense of her persona, grit and determination. FOSTER: You were faced with a situation where the people you [...]

Fighting for Mukhtar Mai: The Need To Make Global Rights Real At A Local Level

Thursday, August 11, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY MUKHTAR MAI The story of Mukhtar Mai reflects the connection between global concerns with human rights and what happens on the ground. In 2002, Mukhtar was attacked and brutally raped by order of the powerful Mastoi clan in her village as a punishment because her brother – 12 at the time [...]

Huffington Post: Land of the Unconquerable Book Review

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER My latest book review on Huffington Post Books is of Land of the Unconquerable: Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women. It’s worth a read and helped to strenghthen my understanding of this complex place.

The Whistleblower: A Powerful Must See Movie

Thursday, August 4, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Last week, I was lucky enough to attend a preview of The Whistleblower.  It’s a powerful and tough movie, starring Rachel Weisz as an American peacekeeper who uncovers human trafficking in post-war Bosnia.  Kathy Bolkovac was also at the preview; the movie is based on her story.  In my mind, [...]

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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