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Power Shift 2016 – Quotas debate

Sunday, July 24, 2016

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In May I was so pleased to be part of the 2016 Power Shift Forum’s Oxford union-style debate on women on boards – “This house believes nations should adopt quotas for women on corporate boards” It was an important debate on the pros and cons of imposing quotas to improve female representation on boards. As [...]

Power Shift Forum 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016

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FROM WOMENPEACEWIRE, GEORGETOWN INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY                   The Power Shift Forum, which has been held the last several years at the University of Oxford under the leadership of its founder, Professor Linda Scott, moved across the Atlantic this year and was held for the first time [...]

ICRW’s Champions for Change Awards Ceremony – Copenhagen

Monday, May 30, 2016

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FROM SARAH DEGNAN KAMBOU, PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN             Perched at the very top of the Hotel Bella Sky with views stretching from the strait of Oresund to the spires of Copenhagen, we hosted more than 100 guests – dignitaries from around the globe, leaders of development [...]

Real Social Change can only be achieved through participation from women and men – Women’s Forum on Economy and Society, Mexico City

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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                In April I took part in the Women’s Forum on Economy and Society in Mexico City. Women’s Forum is the world’s leading platform for women’s views and voices on major social and economic issues. Forum’s are held around the globe and each focuses on the important issues [...]

International Women’s Day – Unlock Women’s Economic Potential

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST International Women’s Day is an important opportunity to reflect on how much progress we have made, but also an integral moment to address what still needs to be done to ensure women are able to exist equally to men in all walks of life. This [...]

The Yazidi Women – A Vulnerable Community in Desperate Need of Our Help

Sunday, July 12, 2015

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST  For sometime I have been following the plight of the Yazidi people and their continued genocide in Iraq. It is estimated that nearly 5,000 Yazidi men have been killed by ISIL and almost 7,000 people, including women and children have been abducted, since ISIL militants [...]

Developing World: Women – Baroness Goudie speaking in the House of Lords – 11 June 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Loomba, for moving this debate. Further, I congratulate him on the work of the Loomba Foundation in profiling the plight of widows in parts of the world who are disowned by their families and society. This is a double discrimination. In some societies—as we learnt from the [...]

More women on board

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FOR OECD The 30% Club is a group of company chairmen, chairwomen and CEOs committed to achieving better gender balance at all levels of their organisations through voluntary actions.  Business leadership is key: this takes the issue beyond a specialist diversity effort and into mainstream talent management. This is a collaborative approach to creating change. [...]

“Women Are Key to Change” – A Discussion with Baroness Mary Goudie

Thursday, April 9, 2015

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ON 31 MARCH BARONESS MARY GOUDIE HOSTED HER ANNUAL BLOG BREAKFAST IN WASHINGTON D.C. ASHLEY BINITI ON BEHALF OF GIWPS REPORTS ON THE EVENT Baroness Mary Goudie is a senior member of the House of Lords who firmly believes that “women [must] have a voice at the peace table and at every table where decisions [...]

The Lord Davies Women on Boards Annual update – The Investor Perspective

Sunday, March 29, 2015

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FROM 30% CLUB The Davies Committee has published its latest report - the 2015 Lord Davies Women on Boards Annual update. The good news is that the goal set by Lord Davies to have 25% of women directors on FTSE 100 boards by the end of 2015 is within reach. Given the current rate of director turnover [...]

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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