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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST This month saw yet another shameful trafficking crime hitting the headlines in Britain. On Saturday 16 August, 35 people from Afghanistan were discovered in a shipping container unloaded from a ferry at the port of Tilbury. Thirteen children aged as young as one were among [...]

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FOUNDATION – WORK TOGETHER TO ELIMINATE GLOBAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Sunday, April 6, 2014

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A BLOG POST BY STEVE TRENT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FOUNDATION (EJF)  Combatting human trafficking is a global challenge and one that must involve all of us if the demand that fuels it is to be reduced and eventually eliminated. In many industries across the world, demand for cheap, standardised products continues to fuel abusive labour [...]

Modern Slavery

Monday, December 23, 2013

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST Action is urgently needed Each week there is a new story hitting the headlines of slavery happening in Britain, not a far off land where it is often considered a by product of unstable governments. This is happening in Britain and it needs to be [...]

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 – [...]

US Human Trafficking Report Is Both ‘Carrot and Stick’ in Combating Global Scourge

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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US Human Trafficking Report Is Both ‘Carrot and Stick’ in Combating Global Scourge

A BLOG POST BY WENCHI YU United States Secretary of State John Kerry launched the 2013 annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Reporton June 19, making it the 13th report the U.S. Department of State has released since the passage of theTrafficking Victims Protection Act in 2000. This is the only U.S. government report that ranks governments around the world [...]

WECONNECT EUROPE – A VOLUNTARY CODE OF CONDUCT FOR CORPORATIONS

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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A BLOG POST FROM SUE LAWTON GLOBAL ADVISOR TO WECONNECT INTERNATIONAL A little bit of business history was made at the House of Commons on Monday evening. WEConnect International launched a groundbreaking piece of work supporting the development of contract opportunities for women business owners. This is impressive in the first instance because women are [...]

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 [...]

Human Trafficking: Looking After the Next Generation

Monday, July 2, 2012

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Human Trafficking: Looking After the Next Generation

A BLOG POST BY AMY MERRILL I work for a Cambodian woman named Somaly Mam. She doesn’t know her real name, or her birthday: she was sold at age 12 and suffered nearly a decade of rape and abuse in the brothels of Phnom Penh. But Somaly states in her memoir that her own story [...]

Unethical Policing in Kenya

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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Unethical Policing in Kenya

The job of a police force is to enforce the law, protect the innocent and arrest the guilty. Unfortunately, in some countries this is not the reality. Despite current Kenyan laws, as well as promising new Constitutional reforms to oversee police conduct, the country’s police remain largely unchecked, operating with impunity to abuse their power [...]

People Trafficking: Parliamentary Questions asked by Baroness Goudie, January 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Asked by Baroness Goudie, 18 January 2012 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assess the implementation of their strategy on human trafficking in relation to tackling demand for trafficking into the United Kingdom. The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Henley): Progress on implementation of the strategy is overseen by [...]

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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