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No Room For Traffiking

Monday, September 26, 2011

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No Room For Traffiking

A BLOG POST BY REBEKAH TURNER, STOP THE TRAFFIK Human trafficking is modern slavery; it is a serious crime and a gross violation of human rights. Traffickers deceive and exploit people for financial profit by forcing them into prostitution or sexual exploitation, forcing them into inhuman labour, forcing them to work as a domestic slave, [...]

Women and the Arab Spring: What’s Next?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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Women and the Arab Spring: What’s Next?

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Revolutions have consequences. Since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen longstanding and repressive regimes fall in North Africa, and continuing protests across the Middle East and Gulf. In real time, we are watching people struggle with how to structure new institutions, build democratic governments and rebuild (or build) [...]

From Beijing to San Francisco

Monday, September 19, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER In 1995, then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton riveted the world at that year’s Beijing World Conference on Women.  She made a compelling case for all of us – particularly governments – to address the issues important to women and girls, and made the tag line “women’s rights are [...]

A recap on recent events

Thursday, September 15, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE Stephenie Foster, who writes frequently for the Baroness Goudie Blog recently published two interesting posts on her blog which I wanted to share with you. The first one, written Lauren Supina Farber,  focuses on the UNFPA and National Geographic which took place this week in Washington on Unleashing the [...]

Women on boards – has the Davies Review had an impact?

Friday, September 2, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE Six months after Lord Davies published his report on women on boards, The Edge issued a piece analyzing if the situation of gender equality high profile jobs improved. I had the pleasure to contribute to this article by raising the fact that there are really good women who have [...]

The real female power list

Thursday, September 1, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE Following Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list, I have been kindly asked to elect a preferred business woman for The Times own Business women’s list. I elected Ann Grant, here is my quote: “Ann Grant, vice-chairman of Standard Chartered, is in a very senior position in the UK [...]

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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