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2011: A Year in Review

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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2011: A Year in Review

A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE The end of a year always inspires time for reflection. For women in the world, 2011 marked several events which inspire hope for the future. At the global level, we witnessed amazing bravery of women as part of the Middle East’s pro-democracy uprisings;  three women shared the 2011 Nobel [...]

Q&A with Baroness Goudie and Jessie Macneil-Brown of the Body Shop – Part 2

Monday, December 19, 2011

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Q&A with Baroness Goudie and Jessie Macneil-Brown of the Body Shop – Part 2

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Jessie Macneil-Brown, Global Campaigns Manager for The Body Shop’s campaign to Stop the Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People.  This post continues our discussion of the important work they are doing on this important topic. Q/ You have also launched a global report about child trafficking [...]

Q&A with Baroness Goudie and Jessie Macneil-Brown of the Body Shop

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Q&A with Baroness Goudie and Jessie Macneil-Brown of the Body Shop

For many years, I have had the pleasure of working with the team behind The Body Shop’s campaign to Stop the Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People. As most people are aware, since its founding, The ethos of the Body Shop has been firmly grounded in ‘striving to be a force for good.’ Throughout [...]

Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery

A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE In 1833, the Slavery Abolition Act marked the end to legal slavery across the British Empire. Today however, modern slavery still exists: the human trafficking industry is estimated to be worth £32 billion per year, putting it on par with the global drugs trade. Today people around the world [...]

Burma:Parliamentary Question at the House of Lords and Chatham House Awards to Aung Suu Kyi

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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Burma: question asked by Baroness Goudie 29 Nov 2011 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian needs in ethnic areas of Burma where the Government restricts access by international agencies. Baroness Northover: Humanitarian needs are considerable in many parts of Burma, and are particularly severe in areas of continuing [...]

Being Thankful & Fighting Human Trafficking

Monday, December 5, 2011

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Being Thankful & Fighting Human Trafficking

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Instead of spending Thanksgiving weekend watching the Macy’s Parade, eating turkey and shopping (my usual Thanksgiving activities), I was in Amsterdam and London for meetings on fighting human trafficking.   Human trafficking, or modern day slavery, is an enormous global criminal and human rights problem.  It’s worth setting out the [...]

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3rd December 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE Today is the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. On Tuesday many of my parliamentary colleagues gathered at a meeting in the House of Commons called ‘An equal start for all: disability and education in low-income countries,’ which discussed some devastating statistics. Right now vast numbers of disabled [...]

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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