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Stephenie Foster’s first iTunes podcast

Thursday, October 27, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE I am delighted to share Stephenie Foster’s first iTunes podcast published this week following her meeting with The American University’s online learning center. Stephenie contributes to the blog frequently and is also on the editorial board; you can listen to her on the work she’s done to help women [...]

Peer joins Sir Matthew Pinsent and ECPAT UK on Anti-Slavery Day to call for greater protection for child victims of trafficking

Monday, October 24, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE Baroness Mary Goudie yesterday joined four-time Olympic gold medal-winning rower Sir Matthew Pinsent to help ECPAT UK mark Anti-Slavery Day 2011 with an event on the Thames in London. Baroness Goudie and Matthew Pinsent, along with other parliamentarians, attended the launch of ECPAT UK’s latest report, Watch over me, [...]

Update from Cameroon’s Presidential Election

Monday, October 17, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER One of my five elections to watch in 2011 was the Cameroonian Presidential Election, which was held last Sunday, October 9.  My friend Kah Walla was the nominee of the Cameroon People’s Party (CPP), challenging along with other candidates the re-election of the sitting president, Paul Biya.  Congratulations to [...]

Time is right for more women on UK boards, 30% Club tells Prime Minister

Thursday, October 13, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE Welcomes strengthening of principle on boardroom diversity in FRC UK Corporate Governance Code At a Downing Street reception yesterday to celebrate women’s contribution to UK business hosted by David Cameron, the founding members of the 30% club will urge British firms to make boardroom diversity a priority. Addressing an [...]

Afghan Young People Key To Their Country’s Future

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER I just returned from a two week trip to Kabul, Afghanistan, where I was working on a project focusing on reaching women as voters, candidates and election officials as the country plans for its next election in 2013. It was a challenging time for Afghanistan, as the attack on [...]

Global Poverty: The Hard Questions

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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Global Poverty: The Hard Questions

A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST, 4th OCTOBER 2011  Can we end global poverty? Although it wasn’t top of the list of topics at recent party conferences, it is in Britain’s national interest to be a leader on the issue of global poverty. It helps ensure stability at home and around [...]

Women Peace Builders Win 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

Monday, October 10, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER I woke up this morning to the amazing news that three women shared this year’s Nobel Peace Prize: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee; and Tawakkul Karman, a Yemeni opposition leader.   These three women have all been trailblazers for non-violent social activism and for the inclusion [...]

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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