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South Sudan Signs New Ceasefire Deal, Step Towards Power-Sharing Agreement

Sunday, February 15, 2015

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FROM GEORGETOWN INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY BLOG On February 2nd, South Sudan President Salva Kiir and former vice-president Riek Machar signed an agreement committing to a permanent ceasefire and outlining the future of a transitional government. Parties are scheduled to resume talks on February 19th, and the timeline agreed to in the February 2nd deal [...]

Bangladesh Garment Factories Must Create Lives, Not Just Livelihoods

Thursday, August 22, 2013

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST In April this year the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed killing 1,132 garment workers and injuring more than 2,500. This tragedy shone a much needed light on the shocking realities of fast-fashion and the murky supply chain of multi-billion pound brands. However, as the [...]

Slavery is a $32bn industry so why aren’t we following the money trail?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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Slavery is a $32bn industry so why aren’t we following the money trail?

A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FROM THE GUARDIAN Human trafficking generates huge profits, but legislation falls short on confiscating the cash and prosecuting ringleaders All too often slavery in some of its more contemporary manifestations – human trafficking, the exploitation of migrant workers, the buying and selling of women and girls into the sex trade – [...]

Millennium Development Goals – Questions asked by Baroness Goudie at the House of Lords July 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

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Asked by Baroness Goudie To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of UNESCO’s recent paper concluding that progress towards Millennium Development Goal 2 is too slow. Baroness Northover: Increased urgency is required by the international community in order to meet Millennium Development Goal 2. International effort should focus on reaching the most vulnerable, increasing [...]

Demand a Day for Street Children

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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Demand a Day for Street Children

A BLOG POST BY LOUISE MEINCKE, ADVOCACY DIRECTOR AT THE CONSORTIUM FOR STREET CHILDREN Around the world there are countless children who call the streets their home. We believe that street children cannot be considered as a social problem but instead as human beings with full potential to contribute to society and as positive agents [...]

The Importance Of Women In The Boardroom: Q and A With Baroness Mary Goudie – Forbes

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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The Importance Of Women In The Boardroom: Q and A With Baroness Mary Goudie – Forbes

AN INTERVIEW WITH BARONESS GOUDIE AND LISA QUAST FROM FORBES  As you’ve read in my past blog entries, I have long been a proponent of workplace equality. I encourage companies to voluntarily ensure the genders of management teams and boards of directors are representative of their customer base. Baroness Mary Goudie, a senior member of the British [...]

Questions asked by Baroness Goudie on Burma and Overseas Aid in the House of Lords

Monday, April 29, 2013

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what projects they are supporting to build parliamentary institutions in Burma. Baroness Warsi: The Government see Burma’s Parliament as crucial to the country’s reform process and to the long term development of an effective democracy. We began our engagement by hosting a visit from the Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann [...]

International Women’s Day: A Time to Reflect on What Has Been Done to Secure World Gender Equality

Friday, March 8, 2013

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST Following on from my blog last week, I wanted to use the opportunity of International Women’s Day to further discuss the issues that are affecting women and children around the world and specifically in emerging markets. We are making strides with equality but there is [...]


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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Burma Questions: 7th February 2013 Asked by Baroness Goudie: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any proposals to European Union partners to ensure stricter enforcement of the European Union arms embargo on Burma. Baroness Warsi: Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: The EU arms embargo on Burma is enforced [...]

Women’s Vital Role in the Emerging Markets

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST I recently participated in the ‘Symposium on Gender Inequality in Emerging Markets’, at Green Templeton College, Oxford, with 50 leaders from government, public and private sectors, civil society and academics. Attendees included Jane McAuliffe president of Bryn Mawr College and an important voice in efforts [...]

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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