Engaging Women in Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR): Insights for Colombia

Posted by Jacqueline O’Neill on March 31, 2015

As the Colombian government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) negotiate terms to end more than a half century of violence, a crucial issue is the future of the FARC’s 8,000 combatants, close to 40% of whom are female. For a peace agreement to result in enduring stability, former combatants must be meaningfully […]

Network Member Responds to New York Times Article on Afghan Policewomen

Posted by on March 5, 2015
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 […]

National Defense University Puts the Spotlight on Women, Peace, and Security

Posted by on September 10, 2014
National Defense University Puts the Spotlight on Women, Peace, and Security

A full room of military officers awaits the start of a National Defense University panel on women and security. NDU prepares military and civilian leaders for high-level command and policy posts. Late last month, Ambassador Carol Rodley, Director of Inclusive Security’s Resolution to Act program, spoke to the incoming class at National Defense University (NDU) […]

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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 […]

‘A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform’ Launches in Palestine

Posted by on July 3, 2014
‘A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform’ Launches in Palestine

Panelists for the Arabic launch of ‘A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform’ in Ramallah: (from left to right) Fatema Radayda, Ministry of Women’s Affairs; Fadi Touma, Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces; Lucy Nusseibeh, Institute of Modern Media; Kristin Williams, The Institute for Inclusive Security; and Lt. Col. Hala Bledi, Ministry of […]

Breaking the Brass Ceiling: Policewomen Around the World

Posted by on May 13, 2014
Breaking the Brass Ceiling: Policewomen Around the World

This article was originally published by Global Post. This week, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world will gather in Washington, DC to celebrate National Police Week. Women are climbing the ranks of police forces in a myriad of ways and sometimes in unexpected places. Whether they’re countering terrorism in Pakistan, reducing corruption […]

POLICY BRIEF: The Role of Pakistani Policewomen in Countering Violent Extremism

POLICY BRIEF: The Role of Pakistani Policewomen in Countering Violent Extremism

Last week, the Pakistani Taliban and civilian government sat down for the first time to conduct face-to-face peace talks. These discussions—between a militant group that has claimed tens of thousands of lives and the political leaders who’ve thus far been unable to fully stem the violence—will have very real consequences for the men, women, and […]

Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Pakistan: Why Policewomen Must Have a Role

Posted by Allison Peters on March 28, 2014

Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies struggle to combat militant violence that contributes to political, economic, and social instability. To improve the operational effectiveness of Pakistani forces, the government of Pakistan and international donors must prioritize the recruitment, retention, and professionalization of women in the police. This policy brief summarizes research conducted in Pakistan in October 2013 […]

Congress Finally Delivers for Women in the Afghan National Security Forces

Posted by on December 21, 2013
Congress Finally Delivers for Women in the Afghan National Security Forces

This article was originally published by The Daily Beast. Fifty-three billion and change. That’s how much the U.S. has spent to build, train, equip, and sustain the Afghan National Security Forces. Still, this support hasn’t resulted in a military that is inclusive, representative, or capable of addressing the security needs of all Afghans—men and women […]

Taking the ‘Thug’ Out of Security Forces: What Women Can Do

Posted by on April 22, 2013
Taking the ‘Thug’ Out of Security Forces: What Women Can Do

This article was originally published by United States Institute of Peace. The daunting process of transforming police and other security forces after the fall of an authoritarian regime often is missing a key ingredient that would make the endeavor more effective – the perspectives and involvement of women, according to a panel of experts. “A […]

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