Women Lead Rwanda’s Renaissance

Posted by on May 8, 2019
Women Lead Rwanda’s Renaissance

A quarter-century after the genocide in which ethnic Hutu extremists killed as many as a million minority Tutsis in approximately 100 days, Rwanda is a country reborn. How that happened is a story of resilience — and of the unexpected benefits that can come from unimaginable tragedy. It is also, as a panel at the […]

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In the Aftermath of Genocide, Rwanda’s Women Have Transformed the Country

Posted by on April 25, 2019
In the Aftermath of Genocide, Rwanda’s Women Have Transformed the Country

For the past 25 years, former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and I have listened with awe to the stories of Rwandan women who came together to rebuild their country after a savage genocide. This afternoon, The Boston Globe published our piece about this privilege of a lifetime, and I want you to be […]

What Makes For an Effective WPS National Action Plan?

Posted by on March 25, 2019
What Makes For an Effective WPS National Action Plan?

By Miki Jacevic This article was originally published here on The Strategist. For the past 20 years, I’ve worked on turning the promise of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security (WPS) into reality. In my experience, developing WPS national action plans (NAPs) is one way in which we can translate policy […]

My Career: From Bumbling Neophyte to Pioneering Diplomat

Posted by on March 17, 2019
My Career: From Bumbling Neophyte to Pioneering Diplomat

History can be told only in stories. Here are a few of mine. The purpose of sharing these accounts — particularly during Women’s History Month — is to show that women, like men, can grow from bumbling neophytes to competent leaders. For me, that has meant losing my balance and losing my way. Occasionally, I’ve […]

Denying Women a Seat at Taliban Talks is a Huge Mistake

Posted by on February 12, 2019
Denying Women a Seat at Taliban Talks is a Huge Mistake

By Swanee Hunt and Wazhma Frogh After September 11, the United States justified deep engagement in Afghanistan in part due to the Taliban’s harsh repression of women. Now, after sustaining 2,351 deaths and more than 20,000 injuries, and spending north of a trillion dollars, the United States is negotiating peace with the draconian regime it […]

When Only Men Sit at the Negotiating Table, Ceasefires Fall Apart

Posted by on August 27, 2018
When Only Men Sit at the Negotiating Table, Ceasefires Fall Apart

In recent decades, a growing body of research has shown that when women’s groups are able to meaningfully influence peace processes, the resulting agreements are stronger and more likely to last.In recent decades, a growing body of research has shown that when women’s groups are able to meaningfully influence peace processes, the resulting agreements are […]

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Mind The Gender Capability Gap

Posted by on July 9, 2018
Mind The Gender Capability Gap

It’s a strategic blind spot for the Pentagon, but gender and warfare are inextricably intertwined. Let’s train our forces to face that. In 2009, frustrated that several male insurgents had escaped a cordoned area by disguising themselves as Afghan women in burqas, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Pottinger established the first U.S. Female Engagement Team […]

Three Lessons From the Women Who Rebuilt Tunisia’s Constitution

Posted by on May 10, 2018
Three Lessons From the Women Who Rebuilt Tunisia’s Constitution

Constitution-reform processes provide states and citizens a rare opportunity to define a new vision for a country. They can chart a route out of conflict toward a more equitable and just society. But this bright horizon is too often unrealized, hampered by the fact that women make up only 19 percent of constituent assemblies in countries […]

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Inclusion Riders for War and Peace

Posted by on April 27, 2018
Inclusion Riders for War and Peace

At the 2018 Academy Awards, Oscar winner Frances McDormand explained in two words how movies can be more diverse: inclusion riders. These contractual provisions allow film industry leaders to demand a more representative cast and crew. This approach is one worth considering well outside of Hollywood—including in the context of ending war and building peace. […]

Women, Peace, and Security at the Domestic Level

Posted by on April 26, 2018
Women, Peace, and Security at the Domestic Level

Another chemical weapons attack in Syria, a caravan of Central American migrants fleeing conflict — these stories not only dominate our news, but also reinforce existing American perceptions that conflict happens abroad, not here at home. Thanks to the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Act, which Congress passed in October of last year, the United States is […]

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