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Women’s History Month: 5 Ways You Can Make a Difference this March

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST March is Women’s History Month, so there will be lots of events and celebrations celebrating women. There are so many inspiring stories of great work, often against overwhelming odds, to break down barriers to women’s full participation in society, whether those barriers were created by [...]

Hitting Children Is Wrong, and the Law Should Say So

Monday, March 26, 2012

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Hitting Children Is Wrong, and the Law Should Say So

A BLOG POST BY CATHERINE HODDER FOR THE CHILDREN ARE UNBEATABLE! ALLIANCE “It is extraordinary that children, whose developmental state and small size is acknowledged to make them particularly vulnerable to physical and psychological injury, should be singled out for less protection from assaults on their fragile bodies, minds and dignity.” Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for [...]

2012 International Women of Courage Award Winners

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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2012 International Women of Courage Award Winners

Office of Global Women’s Issues – US Department of State March 5, 2012 Honorable Maryam Durani, Kandahar Provincial Council Member Afghanistan Kandahar Province is among Afghanistan’s most conservative and most dangerous – but that has not stopped Maryam Durani from speaking out for the rights of Afghan women and girls. As a member of Kandahar’s [...]

When Families Turn Murderous

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY ABIGAIL PESTA FOR WOMEN IN THE WORLD CONFERENCE In a dramatic opening-night panel at the Women in the World Summit Thursday, two brave women shared harrowing tales of escape—from their own families. Both women, Sabatina James and Jasvinder Sanghera, fled their families to avoid disappearing into forced marriage, and both paid [...]

Our Hopes for Burma – Baroness Goudie’s Parliamentary Questions

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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Our Hopes for Burma – Baroness Goudie’s Parliamentary Questions

Burma Questions: 7th March 2012 Asked by Baroness Goudie To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with European Union Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva regarding the cutting of European Union aid to the Thailand Burma Border Consortium. Baroness Northover: Department for International Development (DfID) staff frequently discuss financial support for the Thailand Burma Border [...]

Women in Society

Monday, March 12, 2012

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Women in Society

A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST International Women’s Day is an important celebration of the great strides women around the world are making to ensure they are recognised and working towards equality. During the last year we have seen some incredible acts of bravery throughout the Arab world, and globally we [...]

The White Ribbon Alliance Dreams for My Daughter

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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The White Ribbon Alliance  Dreams for My Daughter

The White Ribbon Alliance Dreams for My Daughter  Exhibition by Joanna Vestey at WOW – Women of the World at Southbank Centre, London 8-11 March 2012 A BLOG POST BY JENNY ROSE, Press Officer at The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood FILM: http://youtu.be/dC-6nNxGLRY Mothers and fathers the world over have dreams for their daughters; [...]

Women Advance the Fundamentals for Haiti’s Future

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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Women Advance the Fundamentals for Haiti’s Future

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER I just returned from Haiti, where I was working with women convened by the Haitian group Femmes en Democratie to develop a women’s policy platform. In Creole, nap vanse means we advance, and it is critical that Haitians move forward together to build a stronger country and a stronger [...]

Labour Party Peers in the House of Lords invite you to enter an essay competition: Young Women and Politics

Monday, March 5, 2012

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Labour Party Peers in the House of Lords invite you to enter an essay competition “Young Women and Politics” Share your thoughts on one of three questions, either – What are the three most important issues for young women in the UK? Or What makes politics count for young women today? Or What can politicians [...]

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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