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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 […]

June 14th, 2018|Featured, From the field, Legal analysis, Sexual Violence in Conflict|Comments Off on By balancing Sharia law and the new Sexual Offences Bill, Somalia is legislating for the 21st century|
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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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    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|

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 […]

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 […]