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Women, Peace and Security

By Charlotte Morgan and Isabelle Truong This year marked the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the landmark Security Council resolution 1325, the first one to recognize women as key agents of peace. According to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the ground-breaking resolution “underscored the link between gender, inequality and fragility, and between women’s security and international…

Gender and mine action: no longer a question of “empowerment”, but...

Gender and mine action: no longer a question of empowerment, but of common sense An all-female demining team in action in South Sudan. Photo: UNMAO/Elena Rice “Demining is seen as a man’s job.” These are the words of Itta Betty Oliver Lowela, who works with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in South Sudan. When…

North-South Centre of the Council of Europe Call for Young Experts...

Deadline: July 30, 2020 The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe is launching a call for experts in the framework of the project “Promoting diversity and equality” within the Women Empowerment programme for 2020-2021. The Call seeks to establish a core group of young experts who will address intersectional discrimination faced by women and…

Combating misinformation in South Sudan during COVID-19

By Caroline Hungwe This piece is part of our May campaign highlighting women in peacekeeping, leading up to the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on 29 May. My role in the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is an interesting one. I work as leader of the Media Relations Team for the mission’s Communications and Public Information…

COVID-19: a double burden for women in conflict settings

By Njoki Kinyanjui Since the COVID-19 epidemic broke out in December 2019, the virus has spread across the globe unabated, with countries in different phases of the curve. Njoki Kinyanjui tells us why the work of women’s networks in fragile contexts is so important, now more than ever, to ensure women’s participation in COVID-19 decision-making…

There is no P and no S without W…

Credit: UN/UNIFIL/Pascual Gorriz By Lina AbiRafeh This year is the 20th anniversary of the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR1325). UNSCR1325 recognized women’s critical and non-negotiable participation and leadership in peace and political processes. That’s the official line. But I’m uncomfortable with celebrating “anniversaries” of things we have…

My 8 preferred aspects of being a peacekeeper

Credit: MONUSCO/Myriam Asmani On 8 March, International Women’s Day, Major Samia Rehman from Pakistan shares her 8 favourite things about working as a UN peacekeeper. She serves as an operational planning officer with the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Serving under the Blue Helmet and wearing the Pakistani flag…

The Gender Power Space

By United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres Gender inequality is the overwhelming injustice of our age and the biggest human rights challenge we face. But gender equality offers solutions to some of the most intractable problems of our age. Everywhere, women are worse off than men — simply because they are women. The reality for women from minorities, older women,…

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