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    By decriminalising domestic violence Russia takes a step backwards

By decriminalising domestic violence Russia takes a step backwards

Last month Russia moved to decriminalise domestic violence.  Jessica Gavron discusses the impact of this shift in Russia’s criminal code and explains why domestic violence should be treated differently from stranger violence.

 At a time when the World Health Organization describes violence against women as “a global health problem of epidemic proportions”, and it is recognised to be a major […]

March 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    International Women’s Day 2017: Moving forward in a time of uncertainty and upheaval

International Women’s Day 2017: Moving forward in a time of uncertainty and upheaval

Since the first celebration of International Women’s Day, the fight for women’s rights has seen many milestones – the adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the establishment of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, an international commitment to achieve gender equality by 2030. However, recent setbacks in the United States and […]

March 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment|
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    Reviving the global gag rule is a ‘Women, Peace and Security’ issue

Reviving the global gag rule is a ‘Women, Peace and Security’ issue

In 1984 the Mexico City Policy, or ‘global gag rule’, was enacted by the United States, restricting federal funds to international family planning institutions that provide advice and counselling on abortion. Since then, this policy has been repealed and reinstated several times – most recently being reinstated by President Donald Trump.  Dr Laura J Shepherd discusses the global impact of the […]

March 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Reviving the global gag rule is a ‘Women, Peace and Security’ issue|
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    1000+ days of #BringBackOurGirls – reflections on the possibilities of social media and girls’ human rights

1000+ days of #BringBackOurGirls – reflections on the possibilities of social media and girls’ human rights

On 14 April 2014, 276 girls were abducted in Chibok, Nigeria. As news of the abduction spread, people around the world took to social media to demand action to ensure the girls would be brought back safe. Lisa Gormley discusses the importance of transforming activism on social media into concrete action.

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February 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 1000+ days of #BringBackOurGirls – reflections on the possibilities of social media and girls’ human rights|
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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|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Outperforming Baghdad? Explaining women’s rights in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq|

“You want freedom? This is your freedom”: Rape as a Tactic of the Assad Regime – Marie Forestier (3/2017)

In March 2011, demonstrations erupted in the southern city of Deraa after a dozen schoolboys were arrested and tortured for painting anti-government graffiti on a wall. This event is considered as the spark that triggered the Syrian uprising, which turned into a protracted war marked daily by excruciating violence. According to the widely believed narrative, when family members went […]

February 1st, 2017|WPS Working Paper Series|Comments Off on “You want freedom? This is your freedom”: Rape as a Tactic of the Assad Regime – Marie Forestier (3/2017)|
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    Women, Peace and Security: A Critical Analysis of the Security Council’s Vision – Dianne Otto (1/2016)

Women, Peace and Security: A Critical Analysis of the Security Council’s Vision – Dianne Otto (1/2016)

The Charter of the United Nations makes forty-five references to the word “peace.” In the vast majority of them, peace is coupled with security – rather than development or human rights – in the interdependent phrase “international peace and security” (for example, arts. 1(1), 2(3), 11(1), 11(2), 11(3), and 12(2)). It is no surprise, then, that the Security Council […]

January 12th, 2017|WPS Working Paper Series|Comments Off on Women, Peace and Security: A Critical Analysis of the Security Council’s Vision – Dianne Otto (1/2016)|

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity as Part of the WPS Project – Jamie J Hagen (2/2016)

In 2000, the United Nations Security Council passed Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), on “Women and Peace and Security”, the first resolution to draw attention to women and girls during conflict, as well as the first to consider gendered experiences of war. Yet those vulnerable to insecurity and violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identity remain […]

January 10th, 2017|WPS Working Paper Series|Comments Off on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity as Part of the WPS Project – Jamie J Hagen (2/2016)|
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    Did sexual orientation and gender identity play a role in the rejection of the Colombian peace deal?

Did sexual orientation and gender identity play a role in the rejection of the Colombian peace deal?

Jamie J. Hagen, author of our second Women, Peace and Security working paper discusses the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) groups in the Colombian peace process. Was the rejection of the deal by an initial referendum influenced by traditional gender politics to a greater degree than has been thus far acknowledged? And what lessons can be learnt for the Women, […]

December 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Did sexual orientation and gender identity play a role in the rejection of the Colombian peace deal?|
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    From Haiti to Kosovo, it’s time for the UN to accept legal responsibility for its human rights violations

From Haiti to Kosovo, it’s time for the UN to accept legal responsibility for its human rights violations

Ban Ki-Moon’s apology for the role of the UN in the cholera outbreak in Haiti, reignited the debate on the need for the UN to recognise its legal responsibility for human rights violations.  Louise Arimatsu and Christine Chinkin suggest that the UN’s failure to accept legal responsibility for the human rights violations of its mission in Kosovo threatens the […]

December 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on From Haiti to Kosovo, it’s time for the UN to accept legal responsibility for its human rights violations|