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Across Conflict Lines: Women Mediating for Peace

Posted by Theresa de Langis on March 1, 2011

Women remain largely absent from high-level international peace negotiations around the globe, particularly as mediators and facilitators of formal processes. This document summarizes findings from The Institute for Inclusive Security’s 12th Annual Colloquium, which brought together 21 female mediation experts from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. It outlines the unique contributions […]

Guide to UN Security Council Resolution 1889

Posted by The Institute for Inclusive Security on September 1, 2010

Presented by Vietnam, this resolution was unanimously approved on October 5, 2009, and is a follow-up to UNSCR 1325, the original resolution that focused on women, peace, and security. UNSCR 1889 emphasizes the participation of women in all phases of the peace process. Most important, it calls for monitoring and introduces accountability mechanisms UNSCR 1325 […]

Guide to UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace, and Security

Posted by The Institute for Inclusive Security on September 1, 2010

UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) are international law; as such, UN member states are required to follow them. At the same time, resolutions provide advocacy tools to civil society organizations. Four resolutions currently address women, peace, and security. UNSCRs 1325 and 1889 underscore women’s leadership in peacebuilding and conflict prevention. UNSCRs 1820 and 1888 focus […]

Sustaining Gains in Rwanda: The Influence of Indigenous Culture and Post-Genocide Politics

Posted by Peace Uwineza and Elizabeth Pearson on December 1, 2009

The success of women parliamentarians in Rwanda has prompted questions about how women achieved such unprecedented levels of political representation. The paper begins with a discussion of various Rwandan cultural practices that either support or undercut gender equality, then analyzes how actors in contemporary Rwandan politics reference indigenous practices in relation to women’s empowerment. This […]

Demonstrating Legislative Leadership: The Introduction of Rwanda’s Gender-Based Violence Bill

Posted by Elizabeth Pearson on April 1, 2008

In August 2006, members of Rwanda’s Chamber of Deputies debated the landmark “Draft Law on Prevention, Protection and Punishment of Any Gender Based Violence.” Importantly, the bill—developed by Rwanda’s Forum of Rwandan Women Parliamentarians (FFRP) over a two-year process of public involvement—was the first substantive piece of legislation developed by the legislature since its election […]

Defending Children’s Rights: The Legislative Priorities of Rwandan Women Parliamentarians

Posted by Elizabeth Powley on April 1, 2008

Inclusion of women in national legislatures has had positive policy outcomes for children and families. Global analyses, and the Rwanda case in particular, indicate that female legislators are more likely to prioritize issues such as family health and welfare, and the defense of children’s rights. This publication draws on extensive interviews with parliamentarians and others, […]

Engendering Rwanda’s Decentralization: Supporting Women Candidates for Local Office

Posted by Elizabeth Powley on April 1, 2008

In May 2003 Rwanda ratified a constitution that established a 30 percent quota for women’s participation in all “decision-making organs.” Quotas like this are of critical importance for increasing women’s representation in local government. The interpretation of those quotas, however, is equally important. This publication presents a review of the literature on women and local […]

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