Protection of civilians is an important component of addressing conflict. Women are often disproportionately and differently affected as civilians and specific protection policies and strategies are required. The protection of women and women’s human rights is another of the key components of the women, peace and security agenda. For many years women were only seen as victims of conflict and as needing protection.
While protection remains vital, it cannot be separated from women’s agency and participation. Women must be consulted about their security needs and concerns and must be engaged in their own protection through participating in the design and implementation of protection strategies and programs. In addition, the protection framework should not ignore the need to prevent conflict so as to eliminate the need for protection from its effects. As many women, peace and security advocates have argued, SCR 1325 was not intended to make war safe for women.
It must also be remembered that protection goes beyond protection from sexual violence during conflict. This is of course a particularly egregious aspect of conflict but there are many other human rights violations in conflict and post-conflict environments from which civilians – including and particularly women – need protection. Humanitarian assistance is an important part of providing protection and security for women and girls in conflict and post-conflict countries. Promoting women’s equal access to aid distribution mechanisms and services, including those dealing with the specific needs of women and girls, are also essential in all relief and recovery efforts.
May 6, 2013 (Magharebia )
NORTH AFRICA: Maghreb Women Evaluate Post-Arab Spring Progress
Maghreb women have made many strides towards improved rights, but governments and social pressure continue to stand in their way. This was the tone taken at a two-day forum that ended Saturday (April 27th) in Casablanca.
April 6, 2013 (The Guardian)
INDIA: Women Hit Back at India's Rape Culture
The male tormentor of the young women of the Madiyav slum did not spot the danger until it was too late. One moment he was taunting them with sexual suggestions and provocations; the next they had hold of his arms and legs and had hoisted him into the air.
April 5, 2013 (NDTV News)
INDIA: Three Indian Brothers Feted By the US for Empowering Indian Women
Three Indian brothers, Ravi, Rishi, and Nishi Kant have received the prestigious Vital Voices Global leadership award from Vice President Joe Biden in the US. The award recognises their effort to end violence against women and was presented to them at Vital Voices' annual ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. earlier this week.
April 2, 2013 (Reuters)
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Congo Promises Action on Mass Rapes in Eastern Town -U.N.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has promised to bring a group of suspected mass rapists to justice after the United Nations last month threatened to halt support to two Congolese army battalions, the world body said on Tuesday.
March 26, 2013 (Wafa )
PALESTINE: Women Demand Protection Under Law
Dozens of women protested Tuesday ouside Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's Ramallah office demanding the adaptation for laws that would protect them against violence and crime.
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