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A Message From Our CEO – #MeToo & Security Council Resolution 1325

#MeToo & Security Council Resolution 1325 By Mavic Cabrera-Balleza This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8. Mavic Cabrera-Balleza is Chief Executive Officer/International Coordinator, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders NEW YORK, Mar 7 2018 (IPS) – I am…

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Youth Dance 4 Peace: Celebrating the Power of Youth in Winnipeg, Canada

News Release Youth Dance 4 Peace: Celebrating the Power of Youth For immediate release Ottawa, November 28, 2017 – Senator Marilou McPhedran, Parliamentary Secretary Terry Duguid, Members of Parliament Kevin Lamoureux, Doug Eyolfson, Robert-Falcon Ouellette and Daniel Blaikie, the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre and Make Music Matter will be co-hosting a round dance as…

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Clicktivism & Real Life Activism Potent Instruments Against Sexual Violence

By Mavic Cabrera-Balleza NEW YORK, Nov 29 2017 (IPS) – It’s the fifth day of the 16 days campaign on violence against women but I feel like the campaign started months ago because of the powerful #MeToo campaign. While I applaud this campaign, I have some thoughts that I believe could make this a truly global…

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UN Member States, With Exceptions, Pay Lip Service to Women & Peacekeeping

UN Member States, With Exceptions, Pay Lip Service to Women & Peacekeeping  October 31, 2017 by Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Oct 31 2017 (IPS) – A UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution adopted on 31 October 2000, underlying the role of women in peacekeeping, has long been described as both historic and unprecedented. But 17 years later,…

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INTERVIEW: WOMEN MUST BE PART OF THE PEACE EQUATION

GNWP International Coordinator, Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, speaks to IPS  about developments and challenges associated with supporting women around the world. Click here to read excerpts of the interview.  

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Women talking about peace in South Sudan

Women talking about peace in South Sudan Posted on: 11/08/16 | Author: Communications | Categories: All Posts, Feature Story, Global College Members of the non-profit group Manitoba Women 4 Women of South Sudan (MW4WSS) are taking a stand and working for peace in their country. UWinnipeg’s Institute for International Women’s Rights at Global College in partnership the MW4WSS is hosting a Women’s Peace…

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Women must sit at the peace table

Women must sit at the peace table By: Katrina Leclerc Posted: 11/10/2016 3:00 AM | Comments: 3 War is not what anyone wants. After the Second World War, there was a real desire — and push — for permanent peace. Unfortunately, that’s not what we see today. International attention continues to concentrate on the conflict itself, as opposed…

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Congo-Kinshasa: UN Officials and Civil Society Push for Female Inclusion in Congo Peacebuilding

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, August 14, 2013 — On July 25, the United Nations Security Council urged “full and prompt” implementation of previous agreements in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region. At the meeting, Mary Robinson, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region, discussed the importance of…

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A Sierra Leonean Named to Sexual Violence in Conflict Post

SIERRA LEONE, July 30, 2013— Zainab Hawa Bangura, the minister of health and sanitation in Sierra Leone, a country that not long ago rose from a brutal civil war, will take over in September as the United Nations special representative on sexual violence in conflict. Bangura, 52, who replaces Margot Wallstrom, 57, of Sweden, has…

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U.N. Meet on Women Wrangles Consensus to Address Violence

UNITED NATIONS, March 17, 2013 — In her opening speech for the world’s largest conference on ending violence against women and girls, Michelle Bachelet summoned the spirit of 15-year old Malala Yousafzai, who’s skull was shattered on Oct. 9, 2012 by a Taliban bullet. LINK: “U.N. Meet on Women Wrangles Consensus to Address Violence”

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A Political Tug-of-War Over Militarism and Gender Violence

UNITED NATIONS, March 11, 2013 — When the largest single gathering of women met at the United Nations in February last year, the adoption of a future plan of action was undermined by rigidly conservative governments opposed to women’s reproductive rights – largely misinterpreted as a right to abortion. LINK: “A Political Tug-of-War Over Militarism…

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The Recipe for a Better World? Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

UNITED NATIONS, March 7, 2013 — Thousands of women worldwide flock to the Commission on the Status of Women’s conference at the United Nations every March, and this year is no exception, for good reason: the theme is eliminating and preventing all violence against women and girls. Violence is a phenomenon that all females can…

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A Place for Women at the Table

UNITED NATIONS, November 28, 2012 — A dozen years have passed since the United Nations Security Council made history by adopting a resolution that addressed women’s rights during conflicts and required their participation in preventing wars and in peace talks. LINK: “A Place for Women at the Table”

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Why are Women Shut out of Peace Talks?

UNITED NATIONS, November 27, 2012 — Against the backdrop of an upcoming U.N. Security Council (UNSC) meeting on women, peace and security, a coalition of some 63 international women’s groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has decried the absence of women during peace negotiations in post-conflict situations. LINK: “Why are Women Shut out of Peace Talks?”

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It Is Time to Walk the Talk and Fulfill the Promise of UNSCR 1325

November 4, 2011 — For advocates of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, the 10th anniversary of the resolution in October 2010 2011was no longer an occasion to sing praises to the resolution. We all know that UNSCR 1325 is important. We all know that it is groundbreaking and game-changing….

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UN women and peace Resolution disappoints 11 years on

ROME, November 1, 2011 — The UN Security Council Resolution on women and peace and security has now been in place for 11 years, but international women’s organisations say governments are still “dragging their feet” in implementing it. LINK: “UN women and peace Resolution disappoints 11 years on”

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General Assembly President Meets Women Peacebuilders

UNITED NATIONS, October 28, 2011 — Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser (centre), President of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly, meets with members of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders

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Grassroots Efforts to Monitor Resolution 1325 Acknowledged on 11th Year Anniversary

NEW YORK, October 25, 2011 — In October 2000, the UN Security Council passed its landmark Resolution 1325 as the first international agreement to specifically recognize the impact of armed conflict on women and their role as builders of peace. While many achievements have been made across the globe as a result of the Resolution,…

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Q&A with Mavic Cabrera Balleza: “Women Must Be Part of the Peace Equation”

UNITED NATIONS, March 21, 2011 — Eleven years ago, 192 countries – all the United Nations member states – agreed to step up the integration of women in international peacebuilding and security processes, a promise that has remained largely unmet.

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Life in Burundi on International Women’s Day

BURUNDI, March 7, 2011 — Jeanne Bitsure works with the women peacemaker programme for Women and Allies Peacebuilders Network in Burundi. She is also a member of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders.

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Life in the Philippines on International Women’s Day

THE PHILIPPINES, March 7, 2011 — Jasmin Galace works for the Centre for Peace Education at Miriam College in Quezon City, in the Philippines. She is also a member of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders.

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Life in Nepal on International Women’s Day

NEPAL, March 7, 2011 — Bandana Rana is president of Saathi, a Nepali NGO that focuses on challenges facing women in the country. She is also a member of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders.

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Life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on International Women’s Day

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, March 7, 2011 — Aimee Matungulu works with the Women Peacemakers Programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is a member of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders.

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Costing and Financing on Gender, Equality and Peace: The Missing Link in the Women and Peace and Security Agenda

NEW YORK, December 2, 2010 — Ten years after the adoption of the groundbreaking UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the needed funding for its full implementation is still uncertain. Government officials, UN representatives, civil society organizations and private sector representatives discussed the current trends and challenges in investing in women,…

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