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Where is China’s Sheryl Sandberg?

Sunday, December 1, 2013

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A BLOG POST BY WENCHI YU The Facebook COO has become a star, and it’s only a matter of time before a female Chinese executive puts together the skills to reach that level At the recent inaugural Fortune Most Powerful Women Asia meeting in Hong Kong, prominent female Asian business leaders discussed economic issues ranging [...]

Secretary Kerry: Advancing Afghan Women

Monday, November 18, 2013

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER  It isn’t the first time I have heard Secretary Kerry talk about the importance of women to Afghanistan’s future  – but it might have been in the most beautiful venue, Gaston Hall at Georgetown University.  Secretary Kerry   joined former Secretary Clinton, former First Lady Laura Bush, and many others in a [...]

Let’s Lean In and Reach Out

Friday, October 25, 2013

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST I just finished Sheryl Sandberg’s bestselling book, Lean In. I know I am a bit late to the discussion, but I was out of the country for the past year! And, in any event, this isn’t a book review. I’ve read both criticism and praise for [...]

The latest twist in the EU saga

Sunday, October 20, 2013

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A BLOG POST BY NIAMH CORBETT, 30% CLUB STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER Rather than providing clarity, the latest twist in the EU saga has done little except create confusion and rehash an already well-argued debate. To be clear, this latest EU push is thankfully not an attempt at new legislation. It is the same draft EU [...]

Leaving Kabul – But Not Its Spirit

Monday, August 12, 2013

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER   As my time in Kabul comes to a close, I have such mixed feelings and it’s hard for me to capture  my feelings precisely.  I am excited to go home, of course, but also sad to leave friends and  colleagues, both Afghan and ex-pat, who have meant so much to [...]

#SpeakOut: Giving Young Women and Girls a Voice

Monday, April 22, 2013

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE I am pleased to be supporting and judging the National Council of Women competition, ‘Giving Young Women a Voice’. This national competition is asking women under 30: If you could influence Government to take some action to improve the lives of women, what would it be? The winning entry [...]

Women: targeted in war, yet building peace

Monday, January 28, 2013

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BLOG POST FROM OLIVIA WARHAM, DIRECTOR OF WAGING PEACE It is now more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in a modern conflict. (Major General Patrick Cammaert, 2008 – former UN peacekeeper) There is nothing accidental about the surge in the incidence of rape in war zones. Leaders aiming to ethnically cleansing a [...]

Millennium Development Goals – Debate at the House of Lords, November 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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22nd November 2012 Baroness Goudie: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Nicholson, for securing this most important debate at a very important time. We have to ensure-through the UN, which has to agree to this-that all countries have to sign up to the millennium goals. We know that not all have done [...]

The Importance of Women on Boards Without Quotas

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST Over the past few months, there has been much discussion about women on boards. Through my role as a founding member of the 30% club, I promote gender equality in the boardroom. This issue has been vigorously driven by EU Commissioner Reding, by the 30% [...]

Women Key to Shaping Afghanistan’s Future

Monday, October 22, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER Afghanistan has made significant progress over the last ten years, and in particular, Afghan women and girls have made great strides. Millions of girls are in school; the maternal mortality rate has dropped; and health care is being delivered to many more women and children. There are women Cabinet [...]

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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