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From where I stand: “It’s men who can convince other men about women’s rights”

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

On 5 December we mark International Volunteers Day by celebrating the important contributions of UN Volunteers, such as Albert Mirindi, who is working to build resilient communities in Mali by ensuring that women are drivers of peace and decision-makers. More

Take five: “A successful peace process simply demands the active and meaningful participation of women at all levels”

Monday, October 29, 2018

UN Women spoke with Jean Arnault, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, about gender parity within the Mission and its priorities over the next year. The Verification Mission in Colombia has made impressive strides towards gender parity; 58 per cent of its professional level field staff are women and 65 per cent of field office teams are led by women. The Final Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) was signed in 2016, ending more than 50 years of conflict. Contrary to most peace negotiations in history, women had a significant influence in the peace process in Colombia. The resulting peace agreement addresses core issues that impact women, such as women’s representation in decision-making bodies, access to land restitution or justice and reparations for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence. More

Coverage: Women’s meaningful participation in peace—where are the barriers and what can be done?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Taking place on the sidelines of this year’s annual UN Security Council Debate on Women, Peace and Security, an interactive forum organized by UN Women, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, brought together women peace activists from conflict contexts around the world, with UN Security Council members and UN experts to discuss existing barriers to women’s meaningful participation and strategies to accelerate women’s leadership in peace processes. More

From where I stand: “The adoption of the National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 is only the beginning”

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bajana Ceveli is the Executive Director of the Association for Women’s Security and Peace (AWSP) in Albania. Over the past three years, the Association, with the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, helped draft a National Action Plan (NAP) on UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, which was adopted in September 2018. Ms. Ceveli spoke to UN Women about her personal motivation and why the National Action Plan is important for women. More

In the words of Tanya Gilly Khailany: “When it comes to women’s rights, there’s no room for diplomacy”

Friday, October 19, 2018

Tanya Gilly Khailany, from Iraqi-Kurdistan, is a former member of the Iraqi Parliament (2006 – 2010) and a co-founder of the SEED Foundation, an organization that works with survivors of violence and trafficking in Iraq. An outspoken women’s rights activist, Ms. Gilly Khailany was one of the key parliamentarians who legislated the 25 per cent quota for women in Iraqi provincial councils. More

Coverage: Women’s participation is key for sustaining peace in South Sudan

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Women of South Sudan urge the visting AU-UN delegation to ensure women’s meaningful participation in the political process and future security arrangements in the country. More

Coverage: Fulfilling the promise of women’s meaningful participation in peace processes

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Taking place on the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly, the side event of the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network titled, “The Security Council and Women, Peace and Security: Fostering Practical Action” convened ministers, UN officials and civil society organizations to discuss progress made in the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda and ways to increase women’s meaningful participation in peace processes, as well as protect them from conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence, especially through the WPS Focal Points Network. More

Malian women call for urgent action to sustain peace and ensure women’s participation

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Three years since the signing of the peace agreement, Malian women are impatient to see its provisions at work. More

Syrian women come together to create a common framework for their movement

Thursday, July 5, 2018

On June 25 – 26, June 2018, almost 200 Syrian women leaders met in Beirut, Lebanon, to discuss ways to safeguard and advance women’s rights in Syria, as part of a conference titled, “Toward a Framework for the Syrian Women Movement”. The conference was grounded on UN Women’s ongoing advocacy and coalition-building work with Syrian women leaders and activists. Despite their significant differences and diverse backgrounds across political, ideological and... More

In the words of Major Cleo Bigwood: “Many of us are working tirelessly to make things better for you.”

Friday, May 25, 2018

Major Cleo Bigwood is the Force Gender and Child Protection Officer at the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). She participated at a UN Women training on ‘Mainstreaming gender in UN Peacekeeping to End Conflict Related Sexual Violence’, which took place in New Delhi in February 2018, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The course trained 41 military and police officers and humanitarian actors from ten Member States on strategic, operational and tactical approaches to end conflict-related sexual violence. More

Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network meets in Berlin to promote women’s role in peace processes

Thursday, May 3, 2018

About 150 representatives from UN Member States, regional and international organizations and civil society from around the world met in Berlin, Germany, for the annual capital-level Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network (WPS-FPN) meeting on April 9-10, 2018. More

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the Ministerial Segment of the second Syria Conference in Brussels

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Remarks delivered by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at a side event during the EU-UN Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”, calling for the international community to embed gender justice and social equality in all work responding to the crisis. More

The second UN-EU conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region starts in Brussels

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) are co-chairing the second conference on 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region', which will take place in Brussels from 24 to 25 April. At the sidelines of the conference, UN Women, together with the European Union, UNFPA, Kvinna till Kvinna, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, CARE International and Oxfam, is organizing a side event, where ten Syrian women will present their distinct perspectives on the conflict. More

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at side event during the second Syria conference in Brussels

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Remarks delivered by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the side event featuring a dialogue between Syrian women and policy makers on women’s space and role in humanitarian action, resilience and political dialogue during the EU-UN Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”. More

Women’s leadership, the missing ingredient for peace in Thailand’s southern border provinces

Friday, March 2, 2018

Patimoh Sadiyamu, 52, is from an impoverished rural area in Thailand, where Muslim women hardly stepped outside their homes. But with the help of education and support from her parents, she became the first woman to hold the position of provincial governor in Thailand’s southern border provinces of Narathiwat, and strongly believes that women’s participation in the peace process is imperative. This is also the premise of a UN Women’s programme “Empowering women leaders and young people to build resilient, cohesive and peaceful communities in the southern border provinces of Thailand”. More

From where I stand: “Women are the leaders of today”

Thursday, October 19, 2017

For Khadeja Ramali from Libya, empowering young women to participate in the peacebuilding process is crucial to rebuilding the country post Arab Spring. 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

In the words of Magda Alberto: “The idea of a more just, democratic society…comes hand in hand with equality for women”

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Magda Alberto is a young feminist and member of UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group in Colombia. She advocates for the recognition of women in the Colombian peace-process and was part of the Women and Peace Summit in 2013 and 2016, supported by the UN system and led by UN Women, which led to the formal recognition by the parties of women’s role in the Colombian peace process. More

Tired of communal conflicts in northern Nigeria, women-led peace networks take action

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

UN Women-supported women peace networks are active in four local governance areas of Jos North, Mangu, Riyom and Wase. The networks are increasing the participation of women in conflict prevention, peace-making and peacebuilding, thus furthering the Nigerian government’s commitment to implement the provisions of UNSCR 1325 through the National Action Plan. Plans are underway to expand the peace networks in Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau states. More

Joint UN-AU delegation to focus on women’s participation and leadership in electoral and peace processes during visit to DRC

Monday, July 24, 2017

Following a high-level visit to Nigeria, the joint UN-AU delegation led by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed will be in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to urge action to strengthen meaningful participation of women in peace and security and elections. The UN Deputy Chief will be joined in the DRC by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten, and the African Union (AU) Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security Bineta Diop. More

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