Syrian Women Demand End to Siege of Zabadani

Posted by on August 24, 2015 in Middle East, News From the Field, Syria
Syrian Women Demand End to Siege of Zabadani

Photo: Robert Geiss/AP Images No corner of Syria has been untouched by the violence that has consumed the country for the past four years. The city of Zabadani is no exception. Located close to the border with Lebanon, Zabadani is geographically strategic due to its position on the highway connecting Damascus and Beirut. Since July […]

Without Inclusion, No Hope for Peace in South Sudan

Posted by on August 12, 2015 in Perspectives, Sudan and South Sudan
Without Inclusion, No Hope for Peace in South Sudan

A young girl waves the flag of South Sudan. Photo: Timothy McKulka/USAID This article originally appeared in The Weekly Wonk. When warring parties agree to consider terms for peace, it’s usually a cause for optimism. But as South Sudan’s belligerents mull over a proposed compromise agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hope seems futile. The mediators […]

Harnessing the Power of Women in Peacemaking

Posted by on August 10, 2015 in National Action Plans
Harnessing the Power of Women in Peacemaking

This article was originally posted by UNDP. Peace processes that include women are 64 percent less likely to fail. And, when women and women’s groups are included at the negotiation table, peace agreements are more likely to be reached. These striking facts and others like it brought a dynamic set of women – and a few […]

Inclusive Security and U.S. Department of State Announce Forum for Innovative Approaches to Global Threats

Posted by on July 27, 2015 in Updates
Inclusive Security and U.S. Department of State Announce Forum for Innovative Approaches to Global Threats

This fall, we will mark 15 years since the UN Security Council passed a landmark resolution recognizing women’s vital roles in peace and security. Since then, the world has confronted unimagined challenges, from rising violent extremism to cybersecurity risks. These frontiers offer opportunities to innovate and apply hard-earned lessons. This is the moment to reflect, […]

President Obama is Traveling to Kenya—Here Are 10 Women He Should Know

Posted by on July 22, 2015 in News From the Field
President Obama is Traveling to Kenya—Here Are 10 Women He Should Know

President Obama travels this week to Kenya, where he and President Uhuru Kenyatta will discuss how to intensify our shared fight against terrorism and stabilize the region. As they debate these critical issues, they can learn a great deal from the ongoing efforts of Kenyan women to build a safer, more inclusive country. The 10 […]

Foreign Policy: “How to Fix Afghanistan’s Broken Peace Process”

Posted by on July 15, 2015 in Afghanistan, Perspectives
Foreign Policy: “How to Fix Afghanistan’s Broken Peace Process”

Photo: AP/Rahmat Gul For the past five years, the Afghan government has sought a peace deal with the Taliban without much to show for the effort. But in the 10 months since President Ashraf Ghani has taken office, the long-stagnant peace process has shown new sparks of life. Negotiators have quietly, sometimes secretly, met with […]

More Than 35,000 People Rally Behind Nigerian Women to Bring Back Our Girls

Posted by on July 8, 2015 in Updates
More Than 35,000 People Rally Behind Nigerian Women to Bring Back Our Girls

It’s been more than a year since 276 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram. While the world has long since looked away, Nigerian women have continued daily demonstrations, calling on the government to intensify the search. We asked our supporters and friends to make sure these activists know they are not forgotten. Over 35,000 people […]

Women in Armed Groups Are More Than Just an Exotic Novelty

Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Perspectives
Women in Armed Groups Are More Than Just an Exotic Novelty

This piece originally appeared in Global Post. A female peshmerga fighter in a Kurdish area of Syria. Since 2012, an all-female brigade called the Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) has battled the Islamic State in the northern part of the country. (Photo: Niklas Meltio/Corbis/APImages) Open your favorite fashion magazine these days and you may see an […]

INFOGRAPHIC: Building A Better Peace Process In Afghanistan

Posted by on June 22, 2015 in Afghanistan
INFOGRAPHIC: Building A Better Peace Process In Afghanistan

Since President Hamid Karzai introduced it in June 2010, the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program (APRP) has lighted the path toward reconciliation in the country. Unfortunately, the plan­—which expires at the end of 2015—has yielded few successes so far, leading the new government to reassess the APRP’s structure. An effective peace process is more critical […]

Uniting Communities and Law Enforcement in the Fight Against Violent Extremism

Posted by on June 17, 2015 in Perspectives
Uniting Communities and Law Enforcement in the Fight Against Violent Extremism

Photo: NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan Growing numbers of young men and women are leaving their homes to join violent extremist groups in Iraq, Syria, and other parts of the globe. National and international policymakers, meanwhile, are struggling to figure out how to stem the tide. As countries develop their plans of action, they must take a […]

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