Sexual assault, UN peacekeeping, and the Code Blue campaign: part 2

Read part one Canada’s Response On June 4, 2015, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, issued a statement condemning in the “strongest terms all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peace operations.” The statement goes on to express outrage over the delay in UN investigations and to welcome the announcement of … Continue reading Sexual assault, UN peacekeeping, and the Code Blue campaign: part 2

Sexual assault, UN peacekeeping, and the Code Blue Campaign: Part 1

“When the UN becomes the protectors of predators, instead of the prosecutors of predators, that destroys me because I believe in the UN and I believe in the power of the UN to make change.” Theo Sowa, CEO of African Women’s Development Fund. by Sara Walde, WPSN-C intern and MA candidate in International Development and … Continue reading Sexual assault, UN peacekeeping, and the Code Blue Campaign: Part 1

#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: Film Screening & Panel Discussion of The Invisible War

It is the most powerful and advanced military organization in history, but it is failing hundreds of thousands within its own ranks. About half a million female soldiers in the US military have been raped, and military women in combat zones are now more likely to sexually assaulted by their fellow soldiers than killed by … Continue reading #16days: Film Screening & Panel Discussion of The Invisible War

Time To Act: Yasmin Sooka Exposes Sexual Violence in Post-Conflict Sri Lanka

Three women at the opening of the Kataragama Festival, Sri Lanka’s largest interfaith gathering. Photo Credit: Brett Davies. On May 8, members of the WPSN-C and local civil society organizations met with Yasmin Sooka in Ottawa to discuss her latest publication “An Unfinished War: Torture and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka (2009 to 2014)”. A … Continue reading Time To Act: Yasmin Sooka Exposes Sexual Violence in Post-Conflict Sri Lanka

Film: War on Women

Women in a shelter for survivors of sexual violence in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo credit: Marie Frechon/United Nations. “War on Women” is a powerful, 15-minute film by award-winning filmmaker Dearbhla Glynn. Featuring testimonies from sexual violence survivors and perpetrators, as well as insights from analysts and activists, the film explores the impact of … Continue reading Film: War on Women