2016 In Review: Be Brave
By WILPF PeaceWomen Programme Director Abigail Ruane
16 Years after UNSCR 1325: Will the Future Ever be Feminist?
Resilience, Resistance, and Hope: Reflections on Women's Peace Activism in Nigeria
From Inclusion To Transformation: #FeministFutures & The AWID Forum
AWID International Forum in Preview
Light in Darkness: Feminist Movement Building and Olympic Peace
By Abigail Ruane
Paris, Lebanon, Iraq, USA: Disarm Gender-Based Violence for Peace and Human Security
This Special Report from the United States Peace Institute is written by Paula M. Rayman, Seth Izen, and Emily Parker. It examines the implementation of UNSCR 1325, what it has accomplished, and its potential in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, the Palestinian territories, and Tunisia fifteen years after being passed by the United Nations Security Council.
To understand the successes and challenges of 1325 in each nation, one-on-one interviews were conducted as a key part of this research. Interviewees included female and male academics, activists, government officials, and nongovernmental leaders.
The report distills lessons and recommendations that are applicable to the Middle East and North Africa region and those relevant to particular nations. The report’s findings aim to deepen the recognition and application of the essential linkages between advancing gender equality and creating sustainable national security and peace.
Download the entire report below or read the original on the United States Institute of Peace
This article is from the “Women, peace, and inclusive security” edition of PRISM—a top defense and security studies journal—which was co-produced by Inclusive Security and the National Defense University. This article analyzes Brazil’s efforts to implement the UN’s women, peace, and security agenda, and highlights some “southern grown” efforts to promoting peace and gender equality. It is divided into four sections: 1) women in the Brazilian Armed Forces; 2) Brazilian participation in peacekeeping operations; 3) steps to implement UNSCR 1325 in Brazil; and 4) the question of a National Action Plan. The conclusion focuses on the main obstacles yet to be overcome in order for UNSCR 1325 to be effectively implemented in Brazil.
In August 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the agenda that will guide global development priorities until 2030. The landmark document, Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was the result of a three-year process which included the most extensive consultations ever led at the UN.
Despite resistance from some states, some success for women’s rights came in the form of a stand-alone goal to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” (Goal 5).
The task now is to lay out the steps that must be taken to implement this Agenda. At this juncture, one of the most significant impediments to achieving the transformation envisioned by the SDGs is the large presence and growing strength of religious fundamentalisms. Religious fundamentalisms, intersecting with 4 other structural factors, are responsible for the degradation of human rights standards, the rollback of women’s rights, the entrenchment of discrimination, and a rise in violence and insecurity.
The following policy brief outlines recommendations that need to be taken to address religious fundamentalism as a barrier to acheiving the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Goal 5 on gender equality.
This PRIO Paper forms part of the project ‘Afghanistan in a Neighbourhood Perspective’, funded by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. While the first phase of the project (2009–2013) led to the preparation of four comprehensive papers (a general overview and framework plus subsequent papers devoted to each of the three regions), this paper is the result of the second phase, aming to refine the policy implications of the initial study and make those available to broader audiences.
This paper makes a distinction between counter-measures (to already existent extremists) and preventive measures (for potential long-term recruits), drawing attention to the tendency of the regional countries to focus more on the former – to the detriment of the latter’s longer term effects. Along with a potential multilateral approach or indeed prior to, there should be political commitment to seek the domestic roots and conditions that allow for violent extremism and radicalization to happen instead of blaming the phenomena as purely external.
The report "Good Girl's Don't Protest" discusses the abuse Sudanese women face at the hands of Government security forces. It explores the wider context of gender inequality that exists within the Sudanese society and how the abuses are, to an extent, a reflection of that. It details the lack of protection and assistance available to protestors including lack of legal redress. The report notes a new Sudanese constitution and calls for full protections for human rights and women’s rights, as well as recommendations including: lifting expression and association restrictions, support and services for human rights defenders and an increase in engagement for United Nations and African Union rapporteurs on human rights defenders.
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