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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 [...]

International Women’s Day 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

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International Women’s Day provides us with an opportunity to raise awareness of how far women’s empowerment around the world has progressed. In 2000 UN Security Council Resolution 1325 was the first resolution that specifically addressed the unique impact conflict has on women, as well as the contribution women make to conflict resolution and sustainable peace.  It marked [...]

What Does 2015 Bring For Women And Children Around The World

Sunday, January 4, 2015

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2014 has been a challenging year for the world, with ongoing conflicts around the globe, an Ebola epidemic and continuing economic unrest; there is a lot to address in 2015. Over the past week we have seen that human traffickers have no value on life, only money. Taking cash from men, women and children trying to [...]

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 [...]

Sharia Law Discriminates Against Women and Children

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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A BLOG POST BY NAHLA MAHMOUD From my own experience living under an Islamic regime, I strongly oppose Sharia law and other religious-based laws. Instead, I deeply believe in secular, humanist values that treat human beings equally. International human rights are a testament to those values and oppose the discriminatory practices enshrined in and justified [...]

Sexual Violence in India – Education Is the Only Solution

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST The world was shocked following the tragic gang rape and murder of a 23 year old women in Delhi last month. This horrific attack has put the spotlight on India’s ongoing struggle to embed equality into society and ensure women are treated with respect. The [...]

Mohtarama: Glimpses into the Lives of Afghan Women

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER “What is happening with Afghan women?” is a frequent question. There isn’t one answer but the new documentary film Mohtarama provides some insight and context for any discussion of this question.  Shot in black and white by Afghan filmmakers Malek Shafi’i and Diana Saqeb, the film gives voice to educated Afghan women, the [...]

My Take on Breaking Down Barriers to Women’s Leadership Across the Board

Thursday, June 28, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY STEPHENIE FOSTER “Breaking Down the Barriers: Women in Economic and Political Leadership” is the latest feature-length interview done by the Center for International Private Enterprise, one of the four arms of the National Endowment for Democracy.   It’s a topic near to my heart, and so is this interview as I am [...]

Access to Finance for Women, G20 – Unlocking economic potential

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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A BLOG POST BY BARONESS GOUDIE FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST The G20 represents the world’s most important industrialized and developing economies and is the premier forum for international economic growth and development across the globe.  Next month’s meeting in Mexico brings an opportunity for the G20 to recognize the critical role that women play in global economic [...]

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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