Fear and Hope in Peshawar

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Middle East, Pakistan, Perspectives
Fear and Hope in Peshawar

This article, by Network member Bushra Hyder, originally appeared in The Weekly Wonk. Peshawar is my city. If you try to imagine what it’s like there, peace is probably the last thing you’d think of. Peshawar, Pakistan, which borders Afghanistan, is one of the most dangerous and unstable regions in the world. It’s where, late […]

US Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism Must Prioritize Women

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Perspectives, Policy
US Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism Must Prioritize Women

This article originally appeared in The Weekly Wonk. “We announce our allegiance to the Caliph.” With those words, Abubakar Shekau—the leader of Boko Haram—reportedly acknowledged ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and made official a connection that many have observed growing during the last year between Boko Haram and the Islamic State. Boko Haram and the […]

Network Member Responds to New York Times Article on Afghan Policewomen

Network Member Responds to New York Times Article on Afghan Policewomen

On Sunday, March 1, The New York Times published “Afghan Policewomen Struggle Against Culture.” Women Waging Peace Network member Wazhma Frogh, who does public outreach, education, and youth engagement in support of female police in Afghanistan, wrote the following response: Greetings from snowy and chilly Afghanistan. Avalanches covered nearly 20 provinces in the past few weeks, taking many precious […]

The Power of Libya’s Female Arms Dealers

The Power of Libya’s Female Arms Dealers

This article, by Network member Alaa Murabit, was originally posted on The Weekly Wonk. I am an arms dealer in Libya, but my weapons reduce violence and last longer than a bullet. As the founder of the Voice of Libyan Women (VLW), a women’s rights organization focused on peace and security, the tools I use […]

Meet the Iraqi Woman Addressing the UN Security Council Tomorrow

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Middle East, Perspectives
Meet the Iraqi Woman Addressing the UN Security Council Tomorrow

In 2007, at the height of the Iraq War troop surge, Suaad Allami opened the country’s first all-female legal clinic in her hometown of Sadr City, one of the poorest Baghdad suburbs. Since then, in addition to serving in local and provincial government, she’s continued to provide free legal services, medical care, and vocational training […]

Syrian Women Know How to Defeat ISIS

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Middle East, Perspectives, Policy, Syria
Syrian Women Know How to Defeat ISIS

This article by Michelle Barsa and Kristin Williams originally appeared on The Weekly Wonk. *Note: Names and identifying details of Syrian activists referenced in this article are withheld to ensure their safety. To the Islamic State, Syrian women are slaves. To much of the rest of the world, they are victims. It’s time we expose […]

5 Ways to Enhance Women’s Political Leadership in Africa

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Perspectives, Policy
5 Ways to Enhance Women’s Political Leadership in Africa

Since being elected president of Liberia in 2005, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has led the reconciling and rebuilding of her war-torn country. International and national actors can do more to enable women like her to ascend to high political office throughout Africa. At a recent Wilson Center event, Rhoda Osei-Afful of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development […]

Foreign Policy: “Why Pakistan Needs a Few More Good Women”

Foreign Policy: “Why Pakistan Needs a Few More Good Women”

Inclusive Security Action’s Allison Peters writes in Foreign Policy, “Greater female representation in the police force would not only ensure that the Pakistani government can combat internal threats, but it also would encourage more-effective spending of international assistance.” In a new Foreign Policy article, Inclusive Security Action’s Allison Peters and our Women Waging Peace Network […]

Inclusive Security Welcomes Zainab Salbi and Donald Steinberg as Key Advisers

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Perspectives

        The Institute for Inclusive Security is pleased to announce that Ambassador Donald Steinberg, President and CEO of World Learning, and Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International, have joined us as advisers to our board committee. In addition, Ms. Salbi is now a member of the board for Inclusive Security Action, […]

Why Women’s Leadership is Key to Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Perspectives
Why Women’s Leadership is Key to Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

Indian policewomen stand in formation during their deployment as UN peacekeepers in Liberia. Since 2007, India has sent annual rotations of all-female police units to help restore peace and security to the formerly war-torn country. Globally, women now make up about 10 percent of police personnel in UN peacekeeping missions. Starting today, UK Foreign Secretary […]

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