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

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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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 – [...]

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Peer joins Sir Matthew Pinsent and ECPAT UK on Anti-Slavery Day to call for greater protection for child victims of trafficking

Monday, October 24, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE Baroness Mary Goudie yesterday joined four-time Olympic gold medal-winning rower Sir Matthew Pinsent to help ECPAT UK mark Anti-Slavery Day 2011 with an event on the Thames in London. Baroness Goudie and Matthew Pinsent, along with other parliamentarians, attended the launch of ECPAT UK’s latest report, Watch over me, [...]

TALKING WITH KATHRYN BOLKOVAC ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE AS THE WHISTLEBLOWER

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER After seeing (and reviewing) The Whistleblower, I contacted Kathryn Bolkovac, whose story is the basis of the movie, and interviewed her. Her answers speak for themselves, but also give such a sense of her persona, grit and determination. FOSTER: You were faced with a situation where the people you [...]

The Whistleblower: A Powerful Must See Movie

Thursday, August 4, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Last week, I was lucky enough to attend a preview of The Whistleblower.  It’s a powerful and tough movie, starring Rachel Weisz as an American peacekeeper who uncovers human trafficking in post-war Bosnia.  Kathy Bolkovac was also at the preview; the movie is based on her story.  In my mind, [...]

Human Trafficking Screening in New York – July 28th

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY ANALENA ALCABES, ALLISON GROSSMAN AND KATHLEEN BRAINE, NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN The New York City chapter of the National Organization for Women and the Athena Center of Barnard College are hosting a free movie screening and panel discussion on the subject of human trafficking on Thursday, July 28th, starting at 6:30. [...]

Trafficking in Persons Report Enters Second Decade

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Last week, the US State Department released the 2011 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. It’s a weighty document (literally) which sets out the progress, and lack thereof, that countries across the globe have made in combatting human trafficking.   The 412 pages are sobering, and give you a sense of [...]

Blogging with Baroness Goudie

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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For the second year running, I moderated the Washington, DC blog breakfast for the baronessgoudie.com blog.  This smart blog, founded by my friend and member of the British House of Lords Baroness Mary Goudie, raises issues of importance to women and girls around the world including the fight to stop human trafficking and to build [...]

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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