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Media advisory: UN Women highlights the voices of women building sustainable peace and mobilizing for justice and equality

Monday, October 23, 2017

On 27 October 2017, the UN Security Council will convene its annual Open Debate on Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. UN Security Council resolution 1325 recognized for the first time in 2000, the role of gender equality and women’s leadership in international peace and security. More

Experts call for stronger support for networks of women mediators

Monday, September 25, 2017

A side event on 21 September during the 72nd UN General Assembly, brought together for the first time, women mediators networks affiliated with Member States and regional organizations, who work to advance women’s meaningful participation in conflict prevention and peace processes around the world. The event was co-organized by the governments of Italy and Albania, the African Union and UN Women. More

Taking women, peace and security to the next level in Africa

Monday, September 25, 2017

African advocates, pioneers, and thought leaders of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, together with the Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, took stock of the achievements and challenges for women building sustainable peace on the continent at a high-level event on 22 September during the 72nd General Assembly. More

From where I stand: Rita Lopidia

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Rita Lopidia addressed the UN Security Council Open Debate on the 16th anniversary of SCr 1325 on 25th October. Lopidia, a former member of UN Women’s Peace and Security section, is based in Juba, South Sudan and has ten years of experience in women, peace and security issues in both Sudan and South Sudan. She contributed towards the development of the South Sudan UNSCR 1325 National Action Plan and participated as a civil society delegate to the August 2015 peace process. More

From where I stand: Monira Hwaijeh

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Monira Hwaijeh, 58, is one of the 12 members of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board (WAB), established by the UN Special Envoy for Syria earlier this year. Coming from diverse backgrounds, the independent civil society representatives that make up WAB, consult regularly with the Special Envoy and provide recommendations to assist the peace talks. More

The League of Arab States and UN Women conclude the first ministerial conference on “Women and Achieving Peace and Security in the Arab Region”

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The League of Arab States and UN Women concluded the first ministerial conference on “Women and Achieving Peace and Security in the Arab Region” on Monday, 5 September. More

Empowering women key to preventing extremism in Jordan

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

As extremist groups seize control of territories, women have been forced or coerced into joining them. “Women and Violent Radicalization in Jordan,” a new report published by UN Women, reveals how radicalism is impacting women in Jordan and how empowering women is key to preventing the spread of extremist ideologies. More

From where I stand: Yanar Mohammed

Monday, May 9, 2016

As part of UN Women’s editorial series entitled “From where I stand”, we highlight the story of Yanar Mohammed, who works to keep vulnerable Iraqi women safe and secure by providing shelters and support. More

Investing in women for peace and future generations: Timor-Leste adopts a national action plan on Security Council resolution 1325

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Timor-Leste has approved a National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security for 2016-2020, becoming the third country in Southeast Asia to adopt such a plan based on a UN Security Council resolution. More

iKNOW Politics launches e-discussion on women, peace and security in the Arab region

Friday, January 8, 2016

iKNOW Politics, an interactive online network of women in politics who share experiences, resources, advice and collaborate on issues of interest, has launched an e-discussion on United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on women peace and security in the Arab region. More

In the words of Julienne Lusenge: “Women are the first victims of war” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Julienne Lusenge is Director of the Fund for Congolese Women (FFC) and President of SOFEPADI in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she says “violence is a part of daily life”. In October 2015, she spoke about gender-based violence in conflict at the UN Security Council's Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security. Ms. Lusenge later met with officials from UN Women to discuss the challenges and discrimination endured by Congolese women. More

"Our focus should not just be on what women can do. It is also on what men can do" — Executive Director

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Address by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the "Men on the Stand: Men's roles in implementing UN Security Council resolution 1325” event in New York on 28 October. More

“Making this the year when the status of women in peace and security changed, for good” —Executive Director

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the launch of the Global Study on UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, held in New York on 14 October. More

Statement by UN Women on the adoption of Security Council resolution 2242 on women, peace and security

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

UN Women welcomes the landmark Security Council resolution adopted on 13 October during the High Level Review on the 15th anniversary of resolution 1325. Resolution 2242 (2015), the eighth resolution on women, peace and security to date, places the women, peace and security agenda as a central component of our efforts to address the challenges of the current global context, including rising violent extremism, climate change, and unprecedented numbers of displaced people. The resolution makes clear the substantive links between women’s participation and sustainable peace and security; and provides an extraordinary new tool for all actors to further implement this agenda and the objectives of the Security Council. More

In the words of Alaa Murabit: The overlooked tool in efforts to prevent conflict

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Alaa Murabit, Ph.D., is the founder of the Voice of Libyan Women, a women's empowerment and development organization which focuses on women, peace and security through both practical on-the-ground measures as well as legal and policy change. She is a member of the High-Level Advisory Group for the Global Study on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 — commissioned by the UN Secretary-General for which UN Women is the secretariat. She is also a youth representative on UN Women’s Global Civil Society Advisory Group. She addressed the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security on 13 October, as one of three civil society guest speakers. More

"The most underutilized tool we have for successfully building peace is the meaningful inclusion of women" – Executive Director

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Open Debate on women, peace and security on 13 October 2015. More

Turn words into action involving women for lasting peace

Thursday, October 8, 2015

For the anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for the "full strength of our collective action and political courage of the leaders of the international community." More

Media Advisory: Press Conference on 15th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 and new Global Study on women, peace and security

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of landmark Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will brief the press on critical actions needed to counter escalating conflict and violent extremism in the world today, highlighting the evidence base that shows the urgent need to place gender equality at the heart of peace and security interventions. More

Women’s Situation Rooms boost peaceful voting in Africa

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

As countries across the African continent gear up for elections in the coming months, women are taking an active role in ensuring peaceful voting and meaningful participation, through Women’s Situation Rooms. More

UN Women Executive Director returns to South Sudan

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

From 7 to 8 July 2015, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Juba, South Sudan as a follow-up to her previous mission in February 2014. Against the backdrop of increasing violence and as peace talks continue, during this visit the Executive Director will strongly reiterate the importance of raising women’s full participation in peace and security. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka will call for inclusive and sustainable peace agreements in line with UN Security Council resolution 1325. More

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