The United Nations has enacted 71 peacekeeping missions since 1948, when the first force was deployed to the Middle East. Over one million people have served as UN peacekeepers—or “Blue Helmets”—helping countries maintain security and rebuild after war.
How much do you know about the women who make up this international force for peace? Answer these 10 questions and find out!
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords—which ended the Bosnian war—The Institute for Inclusive Security’s Founder and Chair, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, moderated a discussion by senior diplomats reflecting on the international community’s responses to the conflict. As US envoy to Austria from 1993-1997, Ambassador Hunt hosted negotiations and international symposia focused on […]
Photo: Chloe Fairweather This month’s Elle magazine features a profile of one of our 2015 colloquium participants, a citizen journalist from Syria. As cofounder of the underground newspaper Enab Baladi, Kholoud Waleed (a pseudonym) reports on the horrors perpetrated by all sides of her country’s civil war. When three of the newspaper’s editors were killed […]
Since we launched the National Action Plan Resource Center in December 2014, we’ve continually added new content to help users learn how to effectively design, implement, and monitor NAPs. Here’s the latest: The NAP Resource Center is an online platform for advancing women’s inclusion in peace and security by connecting audiences to analysis, tools, and […]
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (fourth from left), Georgetown President John J. DeGioia (far right) and Ambassador-at-Large Melanne Verveer (far left) present the 2015 Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security at Georgetown to Staffan de Mistura (center), former U.N. envoy for Afghanistan, and Miriam Coronel-Ferrer (second from […]
The Colombian civil war is winding down after more than 50 years and 222,000 casualties. How will the country help 8,000 guerrilla fighters transition back into civilian life? A key step will be ensuring that female combatants—who make up 30-40% of the FARC armed forces—are meaningfully integrated in the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration process. In […]
After 50-plus years, 222,000 deaths, $9 billion in U.S. aid, and 34 rounds of negotiations, one of the world’s longest civil wars might finally be nearing its end. The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known by its Spanish acronym FARC) have agreed to terms for political participation, land reform, mine clearance, […]
This press photo from the recent draft ceasefire agreement in Myanmar is striking. It looks familiar: two men in suits, shaking hands. Yet standing right behind them is a less familiar sight: two women, watching over the historic deal they helped make possible. What a world we’d live in if more photos looked like this. […]
The Institute for Inclusive Security has been supporting the Taskforce on the Engagement of Women, a cross-border group of 20 leading civil society activists and government officials from Sudan and South Sudan. The Taskforce pushes for women’s meaningful participation in bilateral and national peace processes. It acts as a conduit between women in civil society […]
In case you missed it, earlier this week, the US Department of State sent a powerful message: that investment in gender equality supports US foreign policy and national security. It publicly released an overview of key accomplishments and challenges encountered while implementing the US National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security throughout 2014. This […]