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Members of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) in Suva are rallying together to convene a peace vigil to amplify the collective call for peace in The Middle East - Peace in the World.
For those of you who have blocked out memory of the long battle to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act that waged throughout 2012 and into 2013, one of the objections that obstructionist Republicans had was the fact that the act would allow Native American tribes to prosecute non-tribal members for domestic violence and rape.
Just seven days after having been sworn into office, the new Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, welcomed civil society representatives based in New York at UN Women Headquarters and pledged strong collaboration.
As the world waits for President Barack Obama to announce next week his plan to send up to 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, three female leaders of civil society efforts focused their concerns on nation building.
The trio wanted to talk about something else: the country's recovery.
The United States on Monday confirmed media reports about Afghan President Hamid Karzai's moves to get 50 Taliban leaders from the al-Qaida Taliban sanctions list of the United Nations Security Council.
The U.S. State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley cautiously told journalists, “I would be careful about putting a particular number on this.”
Arab Reform Bulletin (ARB): Since the election of the current parliament in May 2009, relations between the parliament and the government seem to have improved, after many episodes in which the parliament was dissolved. In December, the prime minister agreed to be questioned by the parliament for the first time. Have relations changed and, if so, why?
"Today I was again contacted after being interrogated, I was summoned through a telephone call. I don't know what the problem is this time. At any rate, tomorrow I have to go to the Evin prosecutor's office.
A two day regional conference on the theme "Protection of human rights and freedoms of members of the armed forces” is being held in Sarajevo. Conference is organized by the Office of the Parliamentary Military Commissioner of Bosnia and Herzegovina in cooperation with UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina and with the support of the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark.
Negotiations are (nearly) underway at UN headquarters in New York over a proposed Arms Trade Treaty. I say “nearly” because the official start of the negotiations were delayed this morning when the Arab League supported a motion to let Palestine participate as a full UN member state. When that happened, the USA and others walked out.
A top United Nations official has voiced her concern about the latest wave of fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), especially in areas that have previously witnessed sexual violence committed against civilians by members of armed groups.
Since the announcement of peace talks in Colombia between the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP in 2012, slow developments have been taking place in relation to the participation of women and inclusion of a gender perspective.
How do states implement the Women, Peace and Security Agenda? How can civil society hold states accountable? National Action Plans (NAPs) are one way to implement Women, Peace and Security commitments at the country level and to advance accountability. Regional Action Plans (RAPs) are another way of coordinating work in a broader area.
Women, Peace and Security Agenda
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I. Less than ten kilometres from Bhubaneswar is Dhaulagiri, site of an Asokan edict associated with his renunciation of war. The legend is that Asoka was the archetypal ambitious, ruthless and even fratricidal prince whose brutal wars savaged their victims. The war with Kalinga was no exception. Asoka, moved to remorse at the sight of the destruction he had wrought, is said to have foresworn violence.
Accomplished female leader Betty Mould Iddrisu shares her top 10 lessons about leadership on the continent and the difficulties women have to overcome to reach - and stay - on top.
The Taliban care, if the rest of the world does not. For years they have been assiduously attempting to undermine the education of Afghan children, and girls in particular. So far this year alone, 60 schools have been burned or otherwise destroyed in Afghanistan, largely by insurgents, according to the Afghan Ministry of Education.
OPEN LETTER TO MEMBER STATES OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL Re: Res 1960 7 January 2011 Subject: UNSCR 1960 and the need for focus on full implementation of UNSCR 1325
Hanin Zoabi was aboard the Mavi Marmara, the lead ship in the flotilla where all nine activists were killed, and she witnessed some of them bleed to death. When she returned to Israel to speak in the Knesset, she was verbally assaulted by parliament members for her participation in the flotilla.
Physical and sexual violence against women in Iran, including violence perpetrated by state security forces, is rapidly increasing. News releases in official media, which usually censor such topics, have surprisingly reported on incidents of gang rape and assaults against women.