• Thursday, December 18, 2014
  • A program of IPS Inter Press Service supported by the Dutch MDG3 Fund

    Women, Peace and Security – IPS TerraViva

    tv13252This month, October 2010, is the 10th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325, a landmark document on the protection of women in war zones. In partnership with UNIFEM, IPS has produced a series of stories, interviews and op-eds and published an online and printed TerraViva magazine on 1325.

    Resolution 1325 is ambitious, comprehensive and far-reaching. It is the first resolution to formally address the particular atrocities that women endure in wartime, and to acknowledge women’s indispensible role in conflict resolution and post-war peace building.

    Yet on the 10th anniversary of 1325, women’s participation in international and local peace-building efforts remains disgracefully low.

    According to reports from the ‘Say No – UNiTE’ campaign, less than eight percent of peace negotiators are women; less than three percent of post-conflict spending is dedicated to women; and only 14 women in the world currently hold positions as heads of state.

    In this TerraViva:

    • Anne Marie Goetz, chief advisor of Governance, Peace and Security at UNIFEM urges action: “We must get straight to a new start in the new decade. Women count for peace.”
    • IPS highlights the perspectives of the people wearing the “blue helmets”, with stories about Chilean peacekeepers in Haiti and Indian peacekeepers in Liberia.
    • Colombia and the DRC are separated by oceans, but share the experience of enduring and horrific violence against women in their respective conflict zones.
    • The demands of Uyghur women, from a marginalised and predominantly Muslim minority in China, are championed by Rebiya Kadeer and her Thousand Mother’s Movement.
    • Alongside Anne-Marie Goetz of UNIFEM, Thoraya Obaid of UNFPA, (which just published its annual report focused on women and peace building) and Ambassdor Anwarhul Chowdhury contribute their perspectives.

    Find these and many other features inside the TerraViva magazine and here.

    This work was carried out in partnership with UNIFEM and as part of “Communicating for Change: Getting Voice, Visibility and Impact for Gender Equality” financed by the Dutch Government’s MDG3 Fund for Gender Equality.

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