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Q&A: Baroness Goudie on Women & Food Security

Monday, April 30, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Food security is a critical – and growing – issue.  We share the globe with 7 billion others and that number is growing.  The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that there are one 1 billion hungry people are hungry in the world and 60% of them are women, [...]

The Lady and the Peacock: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Politics of Burma

Thursday, April 19, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST Peter Popham, the author of The Lady and the Peacock, a spellbinding biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, has great timing. Burma and Suu Kyi are in headlines, in large part because of Suu Kyi’s compelling personal story and her party’s electoral sweep in Burma’s [...]

‘Food Security: How We Feed The World’s Seven Billion People’ The Baroness Goudie Blog Breakfast – 16th April 2012, Washington D.C.

Monday, April 16, 2012

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‘Food Security: How We Feed The World’s Seven Billion People’                               The Baroness Goudie Blog Breakfast – 16th April 2012, Washington D.C.

A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE Today Stephenie Foster and I hosted a breakfast in Washington D.C. to discuss global issues effecting women, with particular focus on ‘Food Security: How We Feed The World’s Seven Billion People’. The event was a great success with a lively discussion on the key issues surrounding food security. There [...]

International Day for Street Children 12th April – ‘Challenging perception’

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY LOUISE MEINCKE, ADVOCACY DIRECTOR, CONSORTIUM FOR STREET CHILDREN The International Day for Street Children is celebrated every year on 12 April. The day provides a platform for the      millions of street children around the world – and their champions – to speak out so that their rights cannot be [...]

The Baroness Goudie Blog breakfast ‘Food Security: How We Feed The World’s Seven Billion People’

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER I’m looking forward to again moderating Baroness Goudie’s blog breakfast on April 16.  This year’s focus is on the importance of food security for the world’s 7 billion inhabitants.  We will be talking about the global food crisis and the fact that we need to address how to feed the [...]

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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