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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 […]

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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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    El proceso de paz no significó el fin de las violencias contra las mujeres en Colombia

El proceso de paz no significó el fin de las violencias contra las mujeres en Colombia

De acuerdo con la última encuesta, cada hora 16 mujeres fueron víctimas de violencia sexual en Colombia durante 2010-2015; el mismo periodo en el que se desarrollaron las conversaciones de paz entre el gobierno y las FARC-EP. Erika Rodríguez Gómez reflexiona sobre el significado del informe y los desafíos para la realización plena de los derechos de las mujeres […]

October 12th, 2017|From the field|Comments Off on El proceso de paz no significó el fin de las violencias contra las mujeres en Colombia|
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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.  
Disponible también en español.

The Campaign ‘Rape and other Violence: Leave my […]

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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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    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 […]

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    “They think when they’re raped their lives are shattered. But we’d like them to know that it’s not the end of the world.” – Masika Katsuva

“They think when they’re raped their lives are shattered. But we’d like them to know that it’s not the end of the world.” – Masika Katsuva

Award winning filmmaker Fiona Lloyd-Davies introduces ‘Under the Shadow’, which tells the extraordinary story of Masika Katsuva, who, with just a small patch of land, commitment and passion, helped thousands of survivors of rape. Screening and Q&A with Fiona and guests on Tuesday, 6 June.

 

Laughter, vibrancy, vitality, energy.

These words are rarely used when describing the story of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. […]

May 11th, 2017|Featured, From the field|Comments Off on “They think when they’re raped their lives are shattered. But we’d like them to know that it’s not the end of the world.” – Masika Katsuva|
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    ‘1325 – is that a taxi number?’ Implementation of the National Action Plan on 1325 and 1820 in Nepal

‘1325 – is that a taxi number?’ Implementation of the National Action Plan on 1325 and 1820 in Nepal

The development of Nepal’s National Action Plan (NAP) on women, peace and security has been viewed as exemplary by the international community, however there has been minimal impact on the ground.  Dr Punam Yadav discusses some of the issues related to Nepal’s NAP and introduces her new working paper ‘1325 – is that a taxi number?’

The Security Council adopted […]

May 4th, 2017|Featured, From the field|Comments Off on ‘1325 – is that a taxi number?’ Implementation of the National Action Plan on 1325 and 1820 in Nepal|
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    Outperforming Baghdad? Explaining women’s rights in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Outperforming Baghdad? Explaining women’s rights in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

The Kurdistan Regional Government has taken action to change discriminatory laws and policies against women – surpassing other parts of Iraq in this area. Dr Zeynep Kaya discusses her research on the driving forces behind progress made toward achieving gender equality in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, while critically drawing attention to the ongoing challenges that prevent its full […]

February 8th, 2017|From the field, WPS in policy|Comments Off on Outperforming Baghdad? Explaining women’s rights in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq|