#16 Days: Progress on Women, Peace and Security Issues

Report Review: Cross-Cutting Report on Women, Peace and Security (2014) by Security Council Report Security Council Report, an independent non-for-profit organisation that provides “information about the activities of the UN Security Council and its subordinate bodies” for the stakeholders and the general public, published the 4th Cross-Cutting Report on Women, Peace and Security in April … Continue reading #16 Days: Progress on Women, Peace and Security Issues

#16Days: South Sudan, Women and Demilitarisation

 In 2001, in his discussion paper “Demilitarising Minds, Demilitarising Societies”, Howard Clark suggested that demilitarisation should be viewed at two different levels, the surface level and the deep level. The surface level demilitarisation concerns the actions taken to put an immediate end to the fighting, such as “disbanding forces, surrendering arms, implementing ceasefire agreements”. It … Continue reading #16Days: South Sudan, Women and Demilitarisation

#16Days: Peace Talks, Peacebuilding and Women

Although over past two decades great strides have been made to include women in international, political, and security affairs, recent statistics demonstrate a lot of work still needs to be done. In 2012, UN Women published a report “Women’s Participation in Peace Negotiations: Connections between Presence and Influence”, which demonstrates how little women have been … Continue reading #16Days: Peace Talks, Peacebuilding and Women

#16 Days: When sexual and gender-based crimes are committed in the context of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes

Sexual and gender-based crimes are difficult to prosecute and secure convictions for under any conditions. When they are committed as acts of genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes -- and are dealt with as part of the international justice system -- the situation is even more fraught and complicated. However, the past year has … Continue reading #16 Days: When sexual and gender-based crimes are committed in the context of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes

#16Days: Feminism and Man-hating – My Perspective on Emma Watson’s Speech

The latest buzz on women’s rights has been on the speech delivered by Emma Watson. She was promoting the HeForShe campaign launched by UN Women on September 20, 2014. I’d like to pick up on her comment that, “the more I have spoken about feminism the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights … Continue reading #16Days: Feminism and Man-hating – My Perspective on Emma Watson’s Speech

#16Days: Lessons from Burundi: Connections between Gender, Conflict and the Spread of HIV/AIDS

Article Review: “Conflict and Gender: the Implications of the Burundian Conflict on HIV/AIDS Risks” by Hakan Seckinelgin, Joseph Bigirumwami, and Jill Morris, Conflict, Security & Development 11:01 (2011) During conflicts, women are often subject to rape and other forms of sexual violence in an effort to demoralize the enemy. As a result, they are extremely … Continue reading #16Days: Lessons from Burundi: Connections between Gender, Conflict and the Spread of HIV/AIDS