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J&J’s Mulcahy Says Term Limits May Add Women to Boards

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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J&J’s Mulcahy Says Term Limits May Add Women to Boards

A BLOG POST BY SARAH FRIER Anne Mulcahy, the former Xerox Corp. (XRX) chairman and chief executive officer and a director at Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Target Corp. (TGT) and Washington Post Co. (WPO), said limiting the terms of company directors would help seat more women on U.S. boards. The portion of female corporate directors [...]

Back from Chittagong

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Back from Chittagong

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER After a hectic week, I’m back from the Grassroots Women’s Political Forum in Chittagong. It was an amazing experience, and given the multiple languages being spoken, quite a communications challenge. But, with Urdu, Hindi, Dari, Bangla, Nepalese and English flying around the room, it also highlighted the importance of [...]

Cowboys vs. Conveners: Catalyzing Gender Equality

Thursday, September 13, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY VALERIE KELLER FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST Last week two powerful politicians in Europe took a stand for workingwomen everywhere. European Union justice commissioner Viviane Reding’s released draft legislation mandating public companies have 40% of women on supervisory boards by 2020. And EU parliamentarian and committee chair Sharon Bowles postponed a hearing [...]

Grassroots Women in Central and South Asia Leading the Way Forward

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER The Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh is hosting the first Grassroots Women’s Political Leadership Forum, being held in conjunction with the US State Department.  I’m here with a courageous group of Afghan Women leaders, who are attending along  with other women leaders from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri [...]

‘…If you educate a woman, you educate a family (nation)’

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY Dr JANINE ELDRED, chair of the Literacy Working Group In 2010, I visited a large community gathering, where people affected and infected by HIVAIDS were offered support, and explained my long-standing interest in adult literacy. The response was a direct challenge, ‘When are you going to organise something for our community?’ [...]

30% Club Launches New Executive Pipeline Action Group

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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New initiative aimed at improving the pipeline of senior female talent through collaboration with FTSE-350 companies 4th September 2012, London – The 30% Club is to launch a new initiative to improve the number of senior female executives in British companies. The Executive Pipeline Action Group will work with FSTE350 companies in co-ordinating efforts to [...]

A Conversation with Women in Nangarhar, Afghanistan

Monday, September 3, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Here’s a very interesting piece on US Global Ambassador for Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer’s recent  conversation with women leaders in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.  The piece gives a great sense of  the issues women care about in this region, and how they are working to make a positive difference.

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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