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 […]

Five Strategies for Increasing Women’s Influence in Constitution Making

Posted by on April 26, 2018
Five Strategies for Increasing Women’s Influence in Constitution Making

By Nanako Tamaru Women’s participation in peace and security processes is vital for lasting peace. This message has been echoed again and again by the international community and expressed through UN Security Council Resolutions, the Sustainable Development Goals, and countless other declarations and strategic plans. Yet, despite this global consensus, women have remained marginalized in […]

The Crucial Role of Women as Peacemakers

Posted by on March 12, 2018
The Crucial Role of Women as Peacemakers

A number of years ago, Ambassador Swanee Hunt was invited to speak at a conference in Kigali, Rwanda. The topic was women building peace in Africa, and women from all over the continent attended. She was invited to speak at the time about her involvement in the women’s movement here in the United States. “I […]

Rising Because They Have To

Posted by on March 8, 2018
Rising Because They Have To

In 1994, Rwanda lost a huge portion of its male population when the ruling Hutu government murdered 500,000 to 1 million of its citizens, including an estimated 77 percent of the Tutsi population. The genocide left an enormous void, widened by the number of Rwandans who had fled or been imprisoned — and women stepped up […]

What Women Bring to the Constitution-Writing Table

Posted by on March 8, 2018
What Women Bring to the Constitution-Writing Table

When social norms are upended by violence—including relations between women and men—constitution reform presents an opportunity to transform power dynamics in a society. Rewriting a country’s constitution is a frequent step on the path toward peace, and is a particularly important entry point for women to address their historic marginalization and have a say in […]

The Women, Peace, and Security Act: A Rare Milestone

Posted by on March 6, 2018
The Women, Peace, and Security Act: A Rare Milestone

With International Women’s Day approaching on March 8th, it’s fitting to take note of one of the few hopeful moments in American politics this past year: The enactment of the Women, Peace and Security Act of 2017 was a quiet bipartisan landmark, the culmination of more than two decades of relentless advocacy to involve women in decisions […]

Women Write Better Constitutions

Posted by on February 23, 2018
Women Write Better Constitutions

Even as fighting rages in Eastern Ghouta, Syrians on different sides of the conflict are trying to come together to write a new constitution. The vast majority of those involved in these negotiations are men. But fresh research tells us why their chances of success will be far greater if the drafting process includes Syria’s […]

Why Women Need a Seat at the Table to Make Peace Last

Posted by on February 23, 2018
Why Women Need a Seat at the Table to Make Peace Last

In the years after Rwanda’s genocide, how did women come to make up a large portion of the nation’s parliament? Author and activist Swanee Hunt says their women’s movement grew out of necessity. Hunt, a former ambassador and founding director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School, gives her Brief but […]

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How to Include Women in the Peace and Security Agenda

Posted by on November 28, 2017
How to Include Women in the Peace and Security Agenda

Inclusive Security has released a guide to implementing U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 through national action plans. Miki Jacevic and Olivia Holt-Ivry explain what they learned through the process. It has been 15 years since the United Nations began urging countries to adopt plans of action to apply Security Council Resolution 1325. Adopted in 2000, the resolution was a […]

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Why Women Are More Likely Than Men to Die in Natural Disasters

Posted by on October 12, 2017
Why Women Are More Likely Than Men to Die in Natural Disasters

Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Harvey have devastated Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean as well as the southern United States in recent weeks. But none will be the great social leveler that catastrophic storms are often thought to be. If international experience is a guide, this extreme weather will cause greater suffering for […]

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