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Eating Sushi in Yemen

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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Eating Sushi in Yemen

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Yes, I did eat great sushi in Yemen, while there working on a project to address deficiencies in girls’ education. Surprising, I know, because Yemen is not known for sushi. It’s known for many other things: gorgeous stained glass windows, an amazing Old City, the bombing of the USS [...]

Access to Higher Education for Young Refugees‏

Monday, January 30, 2012

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Access to Higher Education for Young Refugees‏

A BLOG POST BY ILONA PINTER, THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY “Around 3,000 refugee children seek protection alone in the UK each year, fleeing persecution, violence and torture from countries like Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. When they come here they will normally be looked after by children’s services. Rather than grant these children asylum, the UK Border [...]

First Impressions of My (Sixth) Trip to Yemen

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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First Impressions of My (Sixth) Trip to Yemen

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER I am on my way back from Yemen, my first visit in seven years. It’s a fascinating and complicated place, with strong tribal affiliations, ancient traditions and a challenging and defining political moment. I was there to work on a project focused on the legal framework for girls’ education. [...]

People Trafficking: Parliamentary Questions asked by Baroness Goudie, January 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Asked by Baroness Goudie, 18 January 2012 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assess the implementation of their strategy on human trafficking in relation to tackling demand for trafficking into the United Kingdom. The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Henley): Progress on implementation of the strategy is overseen by [...]

Three Projects that Help Rebuild Haiti

Monday, January 16, 2012

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Three Projects that Help Rebuild Haiti

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER The Haitian Earthquake occurred two years ago today, January 12, 2010, and the island is still working to rebuild. Reports like the one in today’s Washington Post cite progress, but there is still a long way to go. With the press of events, other problems, and our busy lives, [...]

Private Members’ Bill on Human Trafficking, UK

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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Private Members’ Bill on Human Trafficking, UK

A BLOG POST BY LYDIA BOWDEN In the United Kingdom, the general public are becoming more aware of the term ‘human trafficking’. Reports of trafficking are regularly splashed across our newspapers, demonstrating all too clearly how men, women and children are suffering at the hands of traffickers in Britain today. The accounts are shocking, yet [...]

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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