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My Take on Breaking Down Barriers to Women’s Leadership Across the Board

Thursday, June 28, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER “Breaking Down the Barriers: Women in Economic and Political Leadership” is the latest feature-length interview done by the Center for International Private Enterprise, one of the four arms of the National Endowment for Democracy.   It’s a topic near to my heart, and so is this interview as I am [...]

G20 Access to Finance:House of Lords Debate

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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25th June 2012 Baroness Goudie: My Lords, I thank the Leader of the House for repeating the Statement. I declare an interest as a member of the La Pietra Coalition, which is a group of international NGOs and global corporations that came together three years ago to try to influence the G20. Among the items [...]

Unethical Policing in Kenya

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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Unethical Policing in Kenya

The job of a police force is to enforce the law, protect the innocent and arrest the guilty. Unfortunately, in some countries this is not the reality. Despite current Kenyan laws, as well as promising new Constitutional reforms to oversee police conduct, the country’s police remain largely unchecked, operating with impunity to abuse their power [...]

Lessons Learned From Ougadougou

Monday, June 25, 2012

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Lessons Learned From Ougadougou

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Today I was lucky enough to moderate a discussion with a group of six members of parliament (four women and two men) from Burkina Faso, who are in the US for a study mission through NDI and the Institute for Responsive Government. We discussed the differences between Burkina Faso [...]

Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World

The newly released book, Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Aournd the World, features a foreword from Vital Voices founder, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and contributions from global leaders including for instance former president of Chile and Executive Director of UN Women Michelle Bachelet. The book is organized into five [...]

Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

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Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards 2012

The Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards honor and celebrate women leaders around the world who are the unsung heroines working to strengthen democracy, increase economic opportunity, and protect human rights. Every year since 2002, we have gathered at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to recognize women who are social entrepreneurs, political [...]

El-Hibri Charitable Foundation and Social Welfare Institutions of Lebanon – Dar al Aytam Host Dedication Ceremony of Ibrahim El-Hibri Campus

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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El-Hibri Charitable Foundation and Social Welfare Institutions of Lebanon – Dar al Aytam Host Dedication Ceremony of Ibrahim El-Hibri Campus

BEIRUT, LEBANON, May 25, 2012 The El-Hibri Charitable Foundation, in collaboration with the Social Welfare Institutions of Lebanon – Dar al Aytam, formally opened the Ibrahim El-Hibri Campus, an orphanage and education center that will provide basic services such as food, clothing, shelter, primary healthcare, vaccines and medicines, and education to over 800 orphans and [...]

Here’s to the Sisterhood of Women Ambassadors

Monday, June 11, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Most diplomats are still men, but today, there are more and more women in those jobs.  Tonight’s Annual Celebration of Women Diplomats, sponsored by the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, recognized the 28 women who serve as their country’s ambassador to the United States.    These women come from many parts [...]

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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