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Chinese Concerns About Fairness Shake Faith in Government Leadership

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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Chinese Concerns About Fairness Shake Faith in Government Leadership

A BLOG POST BY WENCHI YU A recent Pew Research Center survey found that Chinese people are increasingly fond of other democratic political systems while distrustful of their own government. It is hardly news that Chinese citizens vie for “democracy” and “freedom.” However, rapid economic growth, rising incomes, and China’s increasing power in the world [...]

Boardroom quotas for women ‘demeaning’

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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Boardroom quotas for women ‘demeaning’

A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE,  POSTED ON PUBLIC SERVICE EUROPE Enforcing quotas for women on company boards does not work – and while voluntary change may take longer, it will deliver real sustainable results, writes a founding member of the 30% Club How could an organisation set up to increase the percentage of women [...]

Disabled children are twice as likely to miss out on school in poor countries

Monday, October 29, 2012

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Disabled children are twice as likely to miss out on school in poor countries

Inspirational Paralympians, Ade Adepitan, Sarah Storey and Anne Wafula-Strike spoke to a packed room today in the Houses of Parliament at an event launching a new report from the Global Campaign for Education. They were highlighting the need for all children worldwide, including marginalised and disabled children, to have access to a quality education. In [...]

2012 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Laureate and Youth Peace Education Prize Laureate

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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2012 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Laureate and Youth Peace Education Prize Laureate

Dr. Chaiwat Satha-Anand of Thailand Selected as the 2012 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Laureate The El-Hibri Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce Dr. Chaiwat Satha-Anand as the sixth recipient of its annual Peace Education Prize. Dr. Satha-Anand is the first international candidate to be honored with the award which carries a $20,000 prize. Read more [...]

A Conservationist, Woman Leader, and Peacemaker

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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A Conservationist, Woman Leader, and Peacemaker

A BLOG POST BY WENCHI YU, who serves in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. Since 2008, the drought-induced food crisis that affected many countries in the Horn of Africa not only cost the regional economy billions of dollars, but also exacerbated regional instability, insecurity in distressed communities, and tribal competition for scarce resources. [...]

Women Key to Shaping Afghanistan’s Future

Monday, October 22, 2012

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Women Key to Shaping Afghanistan’s Future

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Afghanistan has made significant progress over the last ten years, and in particular, Afghan women and girls have made great strides. Millions of girls are in school; the maternal mortality rate has dropped; and health care is being delivered to many more women and children. There are women Cabinet [...]

A Gender Neutral Pronoun?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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A Gender Neutral Pronoun?

A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER I must say, I love this story about a movement in Sweden to have a gender neutral pronoun, in addition to the pronouns “she” and “he.” It’s controversial, even in Sweden, but what strikes me as I read the story is the power of language to shape our views [...]

The ‘Visionary’ Women Critical to a Unified Myanmar

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY WENCHI YU In the past two weeks, the U.S.-Myanmar (also known as Burma) relationship has reached a new high point with both President Thein Sein‘s visit on the occasion of the annual United Nations General Assembly and Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi‘s first visit of the United States after four decades. The two Myanmar leaders, [...]

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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