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    We must move beyond neo-liberalism to justice for people and planet

We must move beyond neo-liberalism to justice for people and planet

In the first of two posts inspired by recent reading, Lisa Gormley considers the role of neo-liberalism in States’ failure to implement human rights obligations especially for women and girls.

In ‘Exposing the gendered myth of post conflict transition’ Christine Chinkin and Madeleine Rees describe how as countries emerge from conflict, neoliberal imperatives, particularly the requirements for austerity, lead to […]

November 10th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments|
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    Special Rapporteur calls for renewed political will and a streamlined approach to tackle violence against women

Special Rapporteur calls for renewed political will and a streamlined approach to tackle violence against women

In her recent report, Dr Dubravka Simonovic, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, examined the adequacy of the legal framework in preventing and addressing gender-based violence. Lisa Gormley considers the conclusions and recommendations.

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A new report from the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, on […]

October 26th, 2017|Featured|1 Comment|
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    Women demand better access to truth, justice and reparations in Sri Lanka

Women demand better access to truth, justice and reparations in Sri Lanka

Yolanda Foster shares the experiences of women change-makers and the challenges they face as they continue to seek truth, justice and reparations for themselves and for their families in Sri Lanka.

This week Pablo de Greiff, the Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparations and Guarantees of Non-recurrence, is visiting Sri Lanka to assess the implementation of Human Rights Council Resolution […]

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    It is time that the United Nations represents, and is represented by, all people

It is time that the United Nations represents, and is represented by, all people

It has been over 20 years since the United Nations first pledged to increase the number of women in the Organisation to 50%, however this has yet to become a reality. Rosa Freedman and Aoife O’Donoghue highlight some of the barriers that have prevented the UN from reaching this goal and what can be done to achieve it.

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October 19th, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on It is time that the United Nations represents, and is represented by, all people|
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    The peace process did not mean the end of violence for women in Colombia

The peace process did not mean the end of violence for women in Colombia

According to a recent report, 16 women each hour were the victims of sexual violence in Colombia from 2010-2015, including while peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC-EP were underway. Erika Rodríguez Gómez discusses the significance of the report and the challenges to fully realising women’s rights in Colombia.  
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    Connecting Women, Peace and Security, Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in peace operations can improve policy and practice

Connecting Women, Peace and Security, Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in peace operations can improve policy and practice

Jasmine-Kim Westendorf highlights how the isolation of SEA policy has undermined its implementation, and introduces the topic of her new working paper ‘WPS, CRSV and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Peace Operations: Making sense of the missing links’.

Last year, while researching the long-term impacts of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by peacekeepers and other interveners in Bosnia and Herzegovina […]

October 5th, 2017|Featured, WPS Working Paper Series|Comments Off on Connecting Women, Peace and Security, Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in peace operations can improve policy and practice|
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    Can IDP women in the entertainment sector be part of the WPS agenda?

Can IDP women in the entertainment sector be part of the WPS agenda?

Many women who were displaced during the People’s War have sought employment in Nepal’s entertainment sector due to vulnerabilities created by the conflict. Punam Yadav brings attention to these forgotten survivors and questions the role of the WPS agenda in addressing their needs.

Although the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda has grown to include the issues and concerns of […]

September 28th, 2017|Featured, WPS in policy|Comments Off on Can IDP women in the entertainment sector be part of the WPS agenda?|
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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|2 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|Comments Off on Peace education in schools has the potential for transforming minds and hearts|
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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|Comments Off on CEDAW General Recommendation 35 draws an explicit link between gender, discrimination and conflict-related violence against women|