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30% Club Recognises Strong Progress On Non-Executive Directorships – Inevitably Not Yet Matched By Executive Pipeline

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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FROM THE 30% CLUB Progress On Non-Executive Directorships – Inevitably Not Yet Matched By Executive Pipeline Development of senior female talent is a key longer term goal and a growing priority for companies 29th August 2012, London The 30% Club believes the only way to achieve better gender balance at all levels in the UK’s [...]

92 Years and Voting

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, the 92nd Anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States. This remarkable day marks the culmination of years of struggle by women across America to exercise the fundamental democratic right to participate in decisions that are made by the people we [...]

The Places In Between: Tales from a Walk Across Afghanistan

Friday, August 24, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Rory Stewart is what many would call eccentric.  Two weeks after the fall of the Taliban, Stewart traveled to Afghanistan to walk from Herat to Kabul.   His account of that walk, The Places in Between, is a quirky book. It’s about his walk across the rugged terrain of Afghanistan, but [...]

The Bookseller of Kabul: Complexity & Contradiction

Friday, August 24, 2012

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The Bookseller of Kabul: Complexity & Contradiction

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Like Rory Stewart, who wrote The Places In Between, Asne Seierstad came to Afghanistan two weeks after the fall of the Taliban. However, her book, The Bookseller of Kabul, is a different kind of portrait of Afghans and Afghanistan than Stewart’s account of his walk from Herat to Kabul. [...]

92 Years and Voting

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER We are fast approaching Women’s Equality Day on August 26, the 92nd Anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States.  This remarkable day marks the culmination of years of struggle by women across America to exercise the fundamental democratic right to participate in decisions that are made by [...]

The Places In Between: Tales from a Walk Across Afghanistan

Thursday, August 9, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Rory Stewart is what many would call eccentric.  Two weeks after the fall of the Taliban, Stewart travelled to Afghanistan to walk from Herat to Kabul.   His account of that walk, The Places in Between, is a quirky book.   It’s about his walk across the rugged terrain of Afghanistan, but it [...]

Buzkashi Boys: A Gritty Portrait of Growing Up in Kabul

Friday, August 3, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Buzkashi Boys is a gripping, gritty film about two young boys growing up in Kabul, making their way in a  tough place, and confronting the dilemmas of growing up, having dreams and figuring out your place in  society. This short 30 minute film captures these universal yet unique dilemmas beautifully. It also features [...]

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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