Baroness Goudie Blog: November Newsletter
This month I had the pleasure of joining Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security and the former UK Foreign Secretary William Hague to honour three women peacebuilders in London for their courage and commitment to inclusive peacebuilding, and tireless work to advance women’s equality in the face of continuing challenges. We recognized Myanmar’s May Sabe Phyu, a civil society activist in Kachin state, which is still a holdout in agreeing to the end to hostilities and engaging in the Panglong peace process called by Aung San Suu Kyi; Iryna Gerashchenko, deputy speaker of the Ukrainian parliament and the highest-ranking woman involved in the Minsk peace process to end the hostilities in Eastern Ukraine; and Monica McWilliams, a negotiator in the Good Friday talks, which brought an end to three decades of conflict in Northern Ireland.
It was an inspiring evening with three important experiences and many lessons for the audience. A great moment which also saw the launch of GIWPS trailblazer award.
Rescue: David Miliband book on the global refugee crisis
We have never had had so many displaced people in the world. In his book, David highlights that there are a staggering 65 million people who are fleeing for their lives.
The situation is urgent, not just for them, but for all of us.
David, quite rightly says that the demand from the refugees of the international communities is for their right to be able to live. We must not betray our history and values. If we do not defend our values, we fail the refugees.
David , in his book, draws from his own family history.
I agree that now is the time to reform how our refugees are treated, and provide education, medical care and opportunities for the their families for a new life.
Women’s Participation in Peace Processes
Women’s participation in conflict prevention and resolution can improve outcomes before, during, and after conflict.
Despite women’s contributions to preventing and resolving conflicts, they are often excluded from negotiating tables. Explore original data and country case studies to learn how women have participated in peace processes and what effect they have had.
Gender pay gap widening for women in their 20s, data shows
Figures show gap in age group is five times greater than six years ago, with some women starting careers worse off than male counterparts. Read more.