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The Olympics: A Global platform for Women

Friday, July 27, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST This week will see the start of the greatest sporting competition in the world. London 2012 brings together athletes from all over the globe to compete on    the world stage. This year women are leading the way not only in their sporting capabilities, but [...]

Sally Ride: Reaching for the Stars (1951-2012)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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Sally Ride: Reaching for the Stars (1951-2012)

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER To me, Sally Ride was a hero, a trailblazer and an icon. She made history as the first American woman in space as well as the youngest American to do so. She literally reached for – and grasped – the stars. So much has been written about her career [...]

Women Sharing a Common Purpose Across the Globe

Monday, July 23, 2012

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Women Sharing a Common Purpose Across the Globe

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER I am always struck by how, despite our differences around the globe, there are so many similarities in the challenges we share as women and the potential solutions. Here’s a case in point. In May, I interviewed Ifat Zamir, the Executive Director of Israel’s WePower for this blog. WePower [...]

Next Stop Kabul

Monday, July 16, 2012

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Next Stop Kabul

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER I love this story about the US Agency for International Development (USAID) helping rebuild a women’s radio station in Herat, so that women there can communicate better. And that kind of story is a reason that I will be leaving shortly for Kabul to work on a project with [...]

Baroness Ashton supports MEP’s on hiring women on merit not quotas

Friday, July 13, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE This week Baroness Catherine Ashton called for senior appointments in the EU’s External Action Service to be made on merit. This is an incredibly positive step in making real changes to the manner in which senior appointments are made throughout Europe. In a reply to a parliamentary question tabled [...]

Mighty Be Our Powers a Mighty Read

Monday, July 9, 2012

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Mighty Be Our Powers a Mighty Read

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Not even a month after her book, Mighty Be Our Powers, was published in September 2011, Leymah Gbowee won the Nobel Peace Prize along with two other women, President Ellen Jonson-Sirleaf of Liberia and Tawakkol Karman of Yemen. Gbowee was awarded the prize for “mobiliz[ing] and organiz[ing] women across [...]

Industry leaders back growth through diversity

Friday, July 6, 2012

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FROM THE 30% CLUB 4th July 2012 The 30% Club celebrates over 50 Chairman supporting the campaign and just 145 more FTSE 100 female board members to achieve 30% Last night saw David de Rothschild host a celebration to mark over 50 Chairmen signing up to support the 30% Club’s diversity initiative. This represents a [...]

Building Blocks to Increase Women’s Economic & Political Progress

Thursday, July 5, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST Virtually every day, someone asks me about how to engage women in projects and work in the economic or social spheres. My answer is always that women — 50% of any country’s population — are critical to progress that benefits everyone in a society. Often, [...]

Human Trafficking: Looking After the Next Generation

Monday, July 2, 2012

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Human Trafficking: Looking After the Next Generation

A BLOG POST BY AMY MERRILL I work for a Cambodian woman named Somaly Mam. She doesn’t know her real name, or her birthday: she was sold at age 12 and suffered nearly a decade of rape and abuse in the brothels of Phnom Penh. But Somaly states in her memoir that her own story [...]

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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