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    The ‘Comfort Women’ of World War II must be honoured in the UNESCO Memory of the World

The ‘Comfort Women’ of World War II must be honoured in the UNESCO Memory of the World

The ‘Comfort Women’ of World War II introduced many to the existence of conflict-related sexual violence. Christine Chinkin, whose work in the field began with the Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal in Tokyo, argues that  the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ provides an essential opportunity to preserve the women’s testimony and acknowledge the crimes committed.

Thanks to the work of Japanese […]

December 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The ‘Comfort Women’ of World War II must be honoured in the UNESCO Memory of the World|

The New Politics of Women, Peace and Security

The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series is an outlet for articles, position papers and policy briefs. It showcases work in progress by academics and researchers from any discipline and sector in the field of women, peace and security research and practice. On publication of the first two papers, lead editors Paul Kirby and Laura […]

December 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The New Politics of Women, Peace and Security|
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    Women and Peacekeeping: Time for the UN to Commit to Gender Equality

Women and Peacekeeping: Time for the UN to Commit to Gender Equality

UN peacekeepers are deployed to make local populations more safe and secure. They must not be allowed to become another source of insecurity for the people they are sent to serve. Christine Chinkin, Marsha Henry and Aiko Holvikivi on the need for the new UN Secretary-General to commit to gender equality in order to ensure that peacekeeping lives up […]

November 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Women and Peacekeeping: Time for the UN to Commit to Gender Equality|
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    The Inter-American Court must provide justice to the women of Atenco

The Inter-American Court must provide justice to the women of Atenco

The Atenco case (Mariana Selvas Gomez and others v. Mexico) draws attention to the impunity with which state agents have committed violence against women, and is the latest in series of cases involving gender-based violence in Mexico. Lucía Mazzuca and Keina Yoshida explain how the case presents the Inter-American Court with an opportunity to strengthen its jurisprudence.

On the […]

November 22nd, 2016|Featured, Legal analysis|Comments Off on The Inter-American Court must provide justice to the women of Atenco|
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    States worldwide must address the sexism, harassment and violence being experienced by women parliamentarians

States worldwide must address the sexism, harassment and violence being experienced by women parliamentarians

Lisa Gormley calls on governments to act on the recommendations in the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s report on ‘Sexism, harassment and violence against women parliamentarians’ and take all measures to address the abuse experienced by women in public life.

 

“There’s a reason why extremists use violence: they cannot win a battle of ideas”

Malala Yousafzai said this at the memorial event for […]

November 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on States worldwide must address the sexism, harassment and violence being experienced by women parliamentarians|
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    Promises to Keep: Reflections from the 2016 UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security

Promises to Keep: Reflections from the 2016 UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security

Dr Laura J. Shepherd reflects on the most recent United Nations Security Council open debate on Women and Peace and Security, exploring the role such events play in global politics and identifying common rhetorical themes in member state contributions.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Robert […]

November 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Promises to Keep: Reflections from the 2016 UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security|
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    Book Review: Social Transformation in Post-Conflict Nepal: A Gender Perspective by Punam Yadav

Book Review: Social Transformation in Post-Conflict Nepal: A Gender Perspective by Punam Yadav

In Social Transformation in Post-Conflict Nepal: A Gender Perspective, Punam Yadav explores the unintended positive impacts of conflict on the position of women in Nepal, drawing on comprehensive interviews with 57 women. The book is a compelling and accessible must-read for those researching social transformation and gender in post-conflict societies, writes Ashleigh McFeeters. 

This review was first posted on the LSE Review of Books blog here, […]

November 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Book Review: Social Transformation in Post-Conflict Nepal: A Gender Perspective by Punam Yadav|

Conflict-related sexual violence is a preventable crime, and should be a priority for the new UN Secretary-General

William Hague and Angelina Jolie call for concerted global action to end conflict-related sexual violence and tackle societal attitudes that stigmatise survivors and normalise violence towards women.

The list of problems in the in-tray of the new United Nations Secretary-General will be one of the most daunting ever facing anyone in that position. It is fortunate that in António Guterres, […]

November 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Conflict-related sexual violence is a preventable crime, and should be a priority for the new UN Secretary-General|

Documenting a crime “worse than death”

During six months of documenting the sexual violence committed by Syrian army and militias, Marie Forestier discovered that the power of stigma and feelings of helplessness prevented many survivors from speaking. However, as crimes committed by ISIS continue to capture attention whereas those committed by pro-regime forces are under-reported, some women gathered the strength to talk about the abuse they had endured.

“Rape is worse than death. I’m more afraid […]

October 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Documenting a crime “worse than death”|

Rape myths and the rights of victims: why the UK needs to ratify the Istanbul Convention

In response to the acquittal of Ched Evans on charges of rape, Lisa Gormley reflects on the UK government’s approach to ensuring women’s right to protection of the law, and sets out how ratifying the Istanbul Convention would help achieve positive change.

 

The acquittal of Ched Evans has brought an important moment to reflect on where the UK government, Crown Prosecution Service and the judiciary are in […]

October 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Rape myths and the rights of victims: why the UK needs to ratify the Istanbul Convention|