“It’s important to be aware of what’s going on in the world and to think about how you can start to make a difference, even when you’re a kid.”
Field Study Regarding Women's Rights in Lebanon.
Since late November, Ukrainians have assembled in the capital city to protest current government regime.
Women are the biggest victims in natural disasters and conflicts, yet they are also the most resourceful.
PRESIDENCY OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL FOR FEBRUARY: LUXEMBOURG
Are we all a touch insane? According to Liberian peace activist and Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee, we could be!
PRESIDENCY OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL FOR FEBRUARY: LUXEMBOURGLUXEMBOURG'S SUPPORT FOR WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY IN THE SECURITY COUNCIL Luxembourg, as an elected member of the Security Council, has emphasized its role as the Chair of the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, and has supported the other thematic agendas, including women, peace and security. Luxembourg also continues to link its work with the Peacebuilding Commission with work on the Security Council.
Click here to download the full MAP.
Concern with the use explosive weapons in populated areas has increased over the last few years, due to the severe harm caused to civilians and the wider community.
However, the debate has so far not sufficiently highlighted the specific impact that explosive weapons have on women.
This publication seeks to draw attention to some of the unique impacts on women that explosive weapons have when used in populated areas.
The publication argues that it is important to ensure that women affected by the use of explosive weapons receive the same assistance and legal protection as men, and that they are seen as active agents of change rather than only as victims.
The report is part of Reaching Critical Will's work to highlight the impact of weapons on women and the importance of a strengthening a gender perspective in disarmament and arms control in order to ensure inclusive security and prevent all human suffering.
The report briefly describes explosive weapons and the legal tools available to assess their use, focusing in particular on legal documents that support greater inclusion of gender analysis and women's participation. The second part of this paper gives an overview on how explosive weapons specifically affect women and why a gendered analysis of the impact of explosive weapons use in populated areas is needed.
You can download the full report as a pdf here.
To mark the three-year anniversary of the uprising in Syria, the International Women's Human Rights Law Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law (IWHR), MADRE, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) have released a report detailing the egregious pattern of sexual violence Syrian women face in the war on Syrian women's exclusion from high-level peace negotiations. This report calls for accountability and redress for these violations, which experts consider to be crimes against humanity and war crime and highlights the importance of including women's voices in peace negotiations processes as a means to address gender-based violence.
The report, Seeking Accountability and Effective Response for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Against Syrian Women: Women's Inclusion in Peace Processes, comes as Syrian women have been organizing across sectarian lines to secure a role in peace negotiations, despite being excluded thus far. By examining the current pattern of sexual violence and pre-conflict social and legal framework that Syrian women were working to change, the report shows that any transitional justice process must equip women with the legal infrastructure to ensure that the end of the conflict brings meaningful peace to women in Syria.
“We want peace and we want to be part of it,” said Sabbah Alhallak, member of Syrian Women's League. “That is the bottom line.”
“Only by including women now can Syrian civil society successfully change the approach to sexual and gender-based violence, both as the conflict unfolds and after peace is declared, to ensure victim reparations and a new social and legal framework,” said Lisa DavisClinical Professor of Law, IWHR.
“Even though they have been excluded up to now, Syrian women are active and prepared to be involved in the peace negotiations,” said Madeleine Rees, secretary general of WILPF, “It is unconscionable and wrong to exclude women at this critical juncture in Syria's history.”
For more information, click here.
After more than a decade of an international intervention and close to the proclaimed second post-2014 transition phase, women's political participation remains precarious and volatile in Afghanistan despite inroads made. Regardless of violence and discrimination faced by society and politicians, women participate at all levels of Afghan society and politics – as voters, candidates, lawmakers, council members, ministers, governors, bureaucrats, civil society activists, members of the security forces or the judiciary. Many women parliamentarians were reelected and became more experienced as lawmakers; others moved from civil society or provincial councils into national politics, trying to make a difference for Afghanistan's people, in particular women. Discriminatory attitudes among key power-brokers, opinion- and decision-makers, continuously high levels of insecurity and threat along with a decreasing political interest and will of national and international key actors to support gender policies and women's political mainstreaming are some of the key obstacles identified.
Women activists and lawmakers demand due diligence for promises made, inroads built, spaces carved out and steps to be taken to ensure a more peaceful post-2014 Afghanistan. For them, their sociopolitical struggle as lawmakers needs to be supported by responsible intervention and transition actors – be it within Afghanistan's political system and during peace negotiation processes or at regional and international levels.
For the full Report download here.
The Syrian civil war has had a devastating impact on women and girls. Women and girls account for more than half of the seven million people displaced during the past three years and are consistently subject to serious forms of gender-based violence. Women and girls' efforts to escape the conflict in Syria have exposed them to serious risks, both during flight and as refugees in camps and cities in Iraq, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. Displaced women and girls from Syria report multiple forms of gender-based violence, such as forced and early marriage, domestic violence, sexual assault and rape, and exploitation and abuse. These incidents and risks of
violence often are exacerbated by social attitudes and practices that limit women and girls' mobility, potentially further increasing their isolation.
To read full report please see PDF-file on the right side panel.
This book demonstrates that gender is a key component of conflict and peace discourse. The marginalization of women in conflict and peace is all pervasive. Kashmir is a mirror image of this global scenario. Kashmiri women aided the militant movement in significant ways though they did not take part in direct combat. They played key roles to sustain and nourish the movement - as protestors, protectors and motivators, and facilitators. Their experiences of participation in the conflict, however, remain subdued by the dominant masculinist discourse. Kashmiri women are excluded from the militancy discourse as contributors as well as from peacemaking discourse as stakeholders. The study interrogates theory and practice of women's participation in conflict and argues that changed gender-roles during conflict do not necessarily revolutionize socially ascribed norms. The book also examines the experiences of women in sustaining conflict to make a case for their due place in negotiating formal peace.
The 45-member U.N.
To mark the three-year anniversary of the uprising in Syria, the International Women's Human Rights Law Clinic at the
A number of alleged domestic violence killings in the past year in Lebanon have fueled a renewed attention on women's
Some 15 years after the conflict in Kosovo ended, parliament has decided to offer legal rights to wartime rape victim
The women of South Sudan played an instrumental role in the country's liberation struggle and will continue to make s
After more than a decade of an international intervention and close to the proclaimed second post-2014 transition pha
Drafting Process of Japan's National Action Plan prepared by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
With no political solution on the horizon to end the con- flict in Syria, it is clear that humanitarian agencies must
The Syrian civil war has had a devastating impact on women and girls.
This book demonstrates that gender is a key component of conflict and peace discourse.
The important role women play in peace and security was discussed March 12 at a William J.
Bosnia to Syria: omen Organizing for Peace, Rights and Accountability
So much has been said about it, so many small and international-scale conferences have been held in big salons, and s
The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at United Nations Headquarters in New Yo
Commission on the Status of Women 58th session 10–21 March 2014.
Please see below for a document with some of the Women, Peace and Security related events during CSW58.