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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…

South Sudan: Supporting the protection and implementation of women’s housing, land...

South Sudan: Supporting the protection and implementation of women’s housing, land and property rights In 2019, over 1.6 million persons in South Sudan were internally displaced. Over 200,000 such individuals were living in protection of civilians sites hosted by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). While the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution…

Woman to woman, we can make lasting differences in Congolese communities

By Josefine Ulbrich Last year, 1,054 cases of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) were recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by the UN’s Mission (MONUSCO), affecting 1,048 women and 6 men. But reported cases are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Of the 5.5 million internally displaced people in the DRC, 51 per…

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…

Supporting women during COVID-19 and beyond

By Molly Martin Over the past several months, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed dangerous vulnerabilities for women and girls around the world. The social, political and economic effects of the virus have deepened pre-existing inequalities as they generally suffer from lower wages and insecure employment, and often bear the burden of unpaid family care and household…

Women peacekeepers on the front lines of COVID-19

29 May is the International Day of UN Peacekeepers — a day to pay tribute to our uniformed and civilian personnel. As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, this year’s theme is “Women in Peacekeeping: A Key to Peace”. Women are on the front lines of UN Peacekeeping’s…

Protecting civilians and raising awareness despite COVID-19 challenges

By Ruth Njiru This piece is part of our May campaign highlighting women in peacekeeping, leading up to the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on 29 May. I’m Ruth Njiru from Kenya, a Police Adviser serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). I have been working here since December 2018, and I’m stationed at the…

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…

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