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    The Global Principles to end stigma can be a tool for resurfacing the rights of children born of war

The Global Principles to end stigma can be a tool for resurfacing the rights of children born of war

Children born of war can suffer the effects of stigma long after conflict has ended, yet they have remained largely invisible in the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Joanne Neenan highlights the opportunities to address and protect this group through the UK’s new Global Principles to end stigma.

This week at the UN General Assembly, the United Kingdom launched the […]

September 22nd, 2017|Featured, WPS in policy|0 Comments|
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    Peace education in schools has the potential for transforming minds and hearts

Peace education in schools has the potential for transforming minds and hearts

Activist in Residence and Co-founder of PAIMAN Alumni Trust, Mossarat Qadeem, draws on her experience tackling violent extremism in Pakistan to make a case for inclusive peace education in schools.

Young people do not become extremists overnight. It takes them time to agree to learn how to make explosives, fill suicide jackets with explosives or be prepared to commit suicide. […]

September 15th, 2017|Featured, From the field|0 Comments|
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    CEDAW General Recommendation 35 draws an explicit link between gender, discrimination and conflict-related violence against women

CEDAW General Recommendation 35 draws an explicit link between gender, discrimination and conflict-related violence against women

Dr Aisling Swaine highlights the importance of the UN CEDAW Committee’s new General Recommendation with respect to conflict-related violence against women.
As I note in my forthcoming book, in the wars of today, the catalogue of gendered violence is still being compiled. Despite knowing more than we ever have about women’s experiences of conflict, there remain gaps in recognition of […]

September 12th, 2017|Featured, Legal analysis|0 Comments|
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    CEDAW General Recommendation 35 on violence against women is a significant step forward

CEDAW General Recommendation 35 on violence against women is a significant step forward

Highlighting the clarity on state obligations, acknowledgment of structural causes and intersectionality, Professor Christine Chinkin introduces General Recommendation 35 on gender-based violence against women and girls.

In 1992 the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee) adopted its ground-breaking General Recommendation No 19 (GR 19) on violence against women, recognising gender-based violence as discrimination within Article […]

September 6th, 2017|Featured|2 Comments|

Gender in policymaking is about more than counting women

How do notions of masculinity and femininity influence decision-making in matters of security and stability? Hannah Wright introduces her doctoral research which explores how gendered norms embedded in government departments might shape the way policymakers – women and men – approach their work.

Advocates of the Women, Peace and Security agenda call for the “equal participation and full involvement” of […]

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    Combatant women should be taken seriously in the Women, Peace and Security agenda

Combatant women should be taken seriously in the Women, Peace and Security agenda

Introducing her working paper, ‘Making violent women visible in the WPS agenda’, Alexis Leanna Henshaw discusses how women combatants’ lack of representation in the Women, Peace and Security agenda can feed into gendered myths about armed conflict and limit the effectiveness of peace processes.

Who should benefit from the global agenda on Women, Peace and Security (WPS)—and how? UN Security […]

July 25th, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on Combatant women should be taken seriously in the Women, Peace and Security agenda|
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    Keeping the ‘refugee crisis’ out of policy making on WPS marginalises conflict-affected women in Europe

Keeping the ‘refugee crisis’ out of policy making on WPS marginalises conflict-affected women in Europe

Audrey Reeves and Aiko Holvikivi discuss how an imagined division between a ‘safe’ Europe and ‘unsafe’ outside has marginalised refugee women within the WPS agenda and introduce their new working paper ‘The Women, Peace and Security agenda and the ‘refugee crisis’: missing connections and missed opportunities in Europe’.

Conflict-affected women who have been forcibly displaced, especially those seeking asylum […]

June 27th, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on Keeping the ‘refugee crisis’ out of policy making on WPS marginalises conflict-affected women in Europe|
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    Rules designed to stop the funding of terrorism are hurting women’s rights

Rules designed to stop the funding of terrorism are hurting women’s rights

Isabelle Geuskens and Jayne Huckerby discuss their report, Tightening the Purse Strings: What Countering Terrorism Financing Costs Gender Equality and Security, highlighting how countering terrorism financing undermines women civil society and, ultimately, the protection and promotion of women’s rights.  
“It is killing our work, and the terrorists still get their money. They find their way.”
Women’s organisation working in Nigeria

In […]

June 22nd, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on Rules designed to stop the funding of terrorism are hurting women’s rights|
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    War is not the only violence shaping women’s experiences in Iraq

War is not the only violence shaping women’s experiences in Iraq

A humanitarian worker in Iraq’s displaced person camps, Dr Orly Stern, describes the overlapping layers of violence that women experience in war.

I meet Nofa at a displaced person camp in northern Iraq. The pale 17-year-old wears a long velvet dress that must have once looked smart, before months in the harsh environs had tattered the material and beading. She […]

What does a feminist foreign policy have to do with men?

Elin Bjarnegård and Erik Melander discuss the relationship between gender equality and peace, and argue that realising a feminist foreign policy requires more than securing women’s rights to equal participation.

Sweden has emphasised women’s participation and gender equality issues in foreign politics more and more systematically since the 1990s.  Under Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, the Swedish Government took it a […]

June 8th, 2017|Featured, WPS in policy|Comments Off on What does a feminist foreign policy have to do with men?|