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    By balancing Sharia law and the new Sexual Offences Bill, Somalia is legislating for the 21st century

By balancing Sharia law and the new Sexual Offences Bill, Somalia is legislating for the 21st century

In advance of a LSE WPS public event with Her Excellency Deqa Yasin, Minister for Women and Human Rights Development, Antonia Mulvey reflects on the development of the Somalia Sexual Offences Bill

On 30 May 2018, the Cabinet of the Federal Government of Somalia unanimously accepted a Sexual Offences Bill. This landmark Bill marks the first time that a country […]

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    Syrian Women’s Political Movement Gets Ready for Peace Talks

Syrian Women’s Political Movement Gets Ready for Peace Talks

In her second post on the Syrian Women’s Political Movement, Bela Kapur considers the challenges the Movement faces. [Missed the first post? catch up here]

The Syrian Women’s Political Movement has passed its first hurdles – it has established a vision of itself committed to equality, justice and freedom for all, introduced itself as a new player to the international community, […]

June 1st, 2018|Featured, From the field|Comments Off on Syrian Women’s Political Movement Gets Ready for Peace Talks|
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    New Syrian Women’s Political Movement hopes to bring a feminist approach to peace and transition

New Syrian Women’s Political Movement hopes to bring a feminist approach to peace and transition

The alleged recent use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime in Douma and the military action taken by the US, France and the UK in response underscore – again – the need for Syrians to make urgent progress on agreeing an inclusive political settlement that will address the underlying grievances of the conflict as well as address the […]

May 24th, 2018|Featured|Comments Off on New Syrian Women’s Political Movement hopes to bring a feminist approach to peace and transition|
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    Economic empowerment of women displaced by conflict requires transformative change

Economic empowerment of women displaced by conflict requires transformative change

People displaced by conflict want and need to earn money and to provide for their families. In her recent research Zeynep Kaya uncovered the varied experiences of refugee and internally displaced women in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and calls for an holistic approach to improving their chances of economic empowerment.

When Women for Women International and Gender Action for […]

May 2nd, 2018|Featured, From the field, WPS in policy|Comments Off on Economic empowerment of women displaced by conflict requires transformative change|
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    UK in ‘grave and systematic’ violation of rights due to restrictive abortion laws in Northern Ireland

UK in ‘grave and systematic’ violation of rights due to restrictive abortion laws in Northern Ireland

Following a critical UN report on access to abortion in Northern Ireland, Catherine O’Rourke explores the potential for synergies between the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Women, Peace and Security architecture in advancing women’s rights in conflict.

On February 23, 2018, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (the CEDAW Committee) […]

April 19th, 2018|Featured, Legal analysis, WPS in policy|Comments Off on UK in ‘grave and systematic’ violation of rights due to restrictive abortion laws in Northern Ireland|

Telling Feminist Space at the Security Council

In ‘Encountering Metis in the Security Council’, the latest in the LSE WPS Working Paper Series, Sam Cook explores the practices of feminist advocacy on women, peace and security at the UN, and introduces us to the lesser-known Greek goddess, Metis.

Stories of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and of 1325 – the Resolution in the Security Council […]

We are entitled to gender equality – already

On International Women’s Day, and in the context of new movements and campaigns to end sexist abuse and discrimination, Lisa Gormley reminds us that the law is already on side – that gender equality is a legal right.

Feminism is the word of our times. Feminists have worked with international human rights law since the 1990s, as one tool among many to […]

March 8th, 2018|Featured, Legal analysis|Comments Off on We are entitled to gender equality – already|
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    The WPS Agenda requires a complementary approach to foreign and domestic policy 

The WPS Agenda requires a complementary approach to foreign and domestic policy 

Columba Achilleos-Sarll warns that departmental ‘ownership’ of women, peace and security, and a discordant approach to foreign and domestic policy, risks reinforcing gendered and racialised boundaries.

Since the adoption of UNSCR 1325 at the United Nations (UN) in 2000, and its expansion into the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (WPS), the UK government has developed its own approach to institutionalising […]

March 5th, 2018|Featured, WPS in policy|Comments Off on The WPS Agenda requires a complementary approach to foreign and domestic policy |

Equality and peace a century on

As we, in the UK, celebrate the 100th anniversary of women (or rather some women) being given the vote, Louise Arimatsu and Lisa Gormley reflect on the fight for women’s suffrage within the broader international context to ask what lessons we can learn a century on.

The struggle for women’s suffrage in the UK took place against the backdrop of three other progressive ‘transnational’ […]

February 19th, 2018|Featured|Comments Off on Equality and peace a century on|

Shades of grey in ‘sexual exploitation and abuse’

In a personal piece reflecting on her work as a gender violence specialist in northeast Nigeria, Orly Stern highlights the complexity of the relationships of women living in displaced persons camps. 

The elders were worried about the numbers of pregnant women in the camp. Women should not have been getting pregnant, since most of them were married – albeit to men who had been […]