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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|0 Comments|

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 […]

How (not) to make WPS count

Anu Mundkur and Laura Shepherd offer a commentary on the WPS Index and caution those attempting to measure progress in the complex worlds of peace and security.

In October 2017, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) and the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) presented their new Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Index at the United Nations Headquarters in […]

January 23rd, 2018|Featured, WPS in policy|Comments Off on How (not) to make WPS count|

Human trafficking and the women, peace and security agenda

Recognition of trafficking of women and girls as a form of violence against women and of its incidence in conflict brings the issue implicitly into the WPS agenda. Christine Chinkin introduces her working paper, which explores this latest disruption of the traditional boundaries in the international legal regime.

In the year since the Centre for Women, Peace and Security’s Working […]

January 12th, 2018|Featured, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Human trafficking and the women, peace and security agenda|
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    Positive male engagement in the WPS agenda will take more than ‘good men’

Positive male engagement in the WPS agenda will take more than ‘good men’

David Duriesmith identifies tensions created by efforts to ‘engage’ men and boys in Women, Peace and Security, and introduces his new working paper: ‘Engaging men and boys in the Women, Peace and Security agenda: Beyond the ‘good men’ industry’.

What role might men and boys play in promoting gender equality after large-scale violence? Violence committed by men has been a […]

December 15th, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on Positive male engagement in the WPS agenda will take more than ‘good men’|
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    States and tech companies must respond to individual voices and evidence of online violence against women

States and tech companies must respond to individual voices and evidence of online violence against women

Writing on Human Rights Day, Lisa Gormley and Kelsey Kamitomo reflect on their 16 Days of Activism series and see ways forward to tackle the violence that is directed at women, online and off.
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During the past 16 days, the contributions in this series on online violence against women (VAW) have come from a variety of professions – law, […]

December 12th, 2017|Featured, Online Violence against Women|Comments Off on States and tech companies must respond to individual voices and evidence of online violence against women|
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    Poll by Amnesty shows a worrying number of women and girls face abuse and violence online

Poll by Amnesty shows a worrying number of women and girls face abuse and violence online

Amnesty International and Ipsos MORI recently conducted a poll across eight countries to better understand women’s experiences of online abuse and harassment on social media. Azmina Dhrodia shares the poll’s findings, calling attention to the ways abuse and violence transfer offline and the consequences of not taking action.
You could be sitting at home in your living room, outside […]

December 6th, 2017|Featured, Online Violence against Women|Comments Off on Poll by Amnesty shows a worrying number of women and girls face abuse and violence online|
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    Equality, Dignity and Privacy are cornerstone principles to tackle online VAW

Equality, Dignity and Privacy are cornerstone principles to tackle online VAW

Anita Gurumurthy and Amrita Vasudevan discuss the requirements for a feminist jurisprudence on violence against women, drawing on IT for Change’s project ‘Online freedom for all = No unfreedom for women’.

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As technology becomes a real and unfragmentable part of social interaction, a global crisis is evident in the form of widespread normalisation of online violence against […]

Online abuse stifles women journalists around the globe

In the third post of the online violence against women series, Dr Michelle Ferrier – founder of Trollbusters – explains the consequences of online abuse for women journalists and how the absence of redress has changed the way they approach their work.

For many journalists, critiques and insults are a badge of honor. A few slings and arrows are considered […]

December 1st, 2017|Featured, Online Violence against Women|Comments Off on Online abuse stifles women journalists around the globe|
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    Women support each other in the face of harassment online, but policy reform is needed

Women support each other in the face of harassment online, but policy reform is needed

With a lack of effective laws and only loose guidelines of social media platforms to address online violence, women activists and human rights defenders are supporting each other. Semanur Karaman introduces forthcoming research by Tactical Technology Collective, highlighting the need for a holistic approach to tackling online gender-based violence.

A few years ago I met my friend, a feminist activist […]

November 29th, 2017|Featured, Online Violence against Women|Comments Off on Women support each other in the face of harassment online, but policy reform is needed|