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Women in Armed Groups Are More Than Just an Exotic Novelty

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

This article was originally published by Global Post. Open your favorite fashion magazine these days and you may see an unfamiliar sight: women in uniform, holding automatic weapons. Strangely glam portraits of fierce female warriors have recently proliferated. To most, they seem novel, out of the ordinary. But the truth is that women have taken […]

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Are Women the Key to Peace in Colombia?

Posted by on April 20, 2015
Are Women the Key to Peace in Colombia?

This article was originally published by Foreign Policy. 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 […]

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Syrian Women Know How to Defeat ISIS

Posted by on October 17, 2014
Syrian Women Know How to Defeat ISIS

This article, co-authored by Michelle Barsa and Kristin Williams, was originally published by The Weekly Wonk and syndicated by TIME. *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 […]

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Why Pakistan Needs a Few More Good Women

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 […]

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The Old Boys Club and the Failure of Peacekeeping

The Old Boys Club and the Failure of Peacekeeping

Reuters This article was originally published by The Weekly Wonk and syndicated in TIME. Bill Clinton got the photo op handshake but, in the end, failed. So did Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter. John Kerry joins a long list of men — Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin, Ehud Barak, George Mitchell — who have unsuccessfully […]

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The Danger of the “Women’s Issues” Label

Posted by on September 27, 2013
The Danger of the “Women’s Issues” Label

In between assessing the progress of Bosnia’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security and developing a toolkit for NAP monitoring and evaluation, Angelic Young, Senior Coordinator of Resolution to Act, found the time to pen an insightful piece for PolicyMic on why so-called “women’s issues” are actually human issues. The frequent framing of […]

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What if Women Ruled the World?

Posted by on May 24, 2013
What if Women Ruled the World?

“If women ruled the world, they would make sure that they weren’t ruling the world,” affirms Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Institute founder and chair, in an episode of the BBC series What If… with former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers. Women leaders have a unique understanding of the needs of their communities that guides […]

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Time for Women to Call the Shots

Posted by on November 6, 2010
Time for Women to Call the Shots

This article was originally published by Global Post. Ten years ago, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security. In short, “1325” (as the international law is known among advocates) seeks to elevate the decision-making of women in war zones and protect women during armed conflict. This month, as […]

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The Key to Winning the War on Terror: Women

Posted by on March 19, 2010
The Key to Winning the War on Terror: Women

This article was originally published by Big Think. With next year marking ten years since the term “War on Terror” was coined, the controversial war has seen its strides and pitfalls, depending on whom you ask. But as the battle against global terrorism enters its second decade, its ultimate outcome could hinge on winning the […]

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Imagining a World with More Female Heads of State

Posted by on May 2, 2007
Imagining a World with More Female Heads of State

This article was originally published by The Christian Science Monitor. On Sunday, millions of French men and women will determine whether a woman should become their president. Socialist Ségolène Royal is running against conservative Nicolas Sarkozy. Should she win, both France and Germany, two of the major countries in Europe, would be presided over by […]

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