Posts tagged ‘peacebuilding’

Secretary Clinton: “The way we build peace isn’t getting the job done” #hwhtw

Yesterday, Secretary Clinton gave a speech at Georgetown University on “Women, Peace, and Security.”  A striking excerpt:

“Now I know some of you may be thinking to yourself, ‘Well, there she goes again.  Hillary Clinton always talks about women, and why should I or anyone else really care?’  Well, you should care because this is not just a woman’s issue.  It cannot be relegated to the margins of international affairs.  It truly does cut to the heart of our national security and the security of people everywhere, because the sad fact is that the way the international community tries to build peace and security today just isn’t getting the job done.  Dozens of active conflicts are raging around the world, undermining regional and global stability, and ravaging entire populations.  And more than half of all peace agreements fail within five years.”

Read and watch video of the speech: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/12/179173.htm

December 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm 1 comment

Congratulations to Female Nobel Peace Laureates #Nobelpeaceprize

From Sec. Clinton:

“I am delighted to send heartfelt congratulations to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf [see previous post “Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: ‘A Victor of Circumstances’”], Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman and Liberian peace activist Leymah Roberta Gbowee for the prestigious honor of sharing this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. They are shining examples of the difference that women can make and the progress they can help achieve when given the opportunity to make decisions about the future of their societies and countries.

“The unflinching courage, strength and leadership of these women to build peace, advance reconciliation, and defend the rights of fellow citizens in their own countries provide inspiration for women’s rights and human progress everywhere. This recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments reflects the efforts of many other women who are promoting peace and security in their countries and communities. I want to commend the Nobel Committee for recognizing the powerful role women are playing in building peace and ending conflict around the world.”

http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/10/175164.htm

October 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment

Event: Peace Unveiled in Afghanistan @USIP @vitalvoices #hwhtw

As part of USIP’s “Women and War” series, on October 5th USIP and Vital Voices are hosting a pre-screening and panel discussion of the new film, “Peace Unveiled.”

Women and War Series: Peace Unveiled in Afghanistan

Panel Discussion and Film

Hosted by Congressman Russ Carnahan, and co-hosted by the Office of Senator John Kerry and the Office of Senator Barbara Boxer, the U.S. Institute of Peace, Fork Films, the Institute for Inclusive Security, and Vital Voices, are pleased to collaborate on the pre-screening and panel discussion of the new film, “Peace Unveiled.” A discussion will follow with film producer Abigail E. Disney, film director Gini Reticker, and Michelle Barsa, Lead Advocate and Afghanistan Program Specialist at the Institute for Inclusive Security, and moderated by Kathleen Kuehnast, director of USIP’s Gender and Peacebuilding Center.

“Peace Unveiled” is the third episode of “WOMEN, WAR & PEACE,” a groundbreaking five-part PBS television series that explores women’s strategic role in conflict and peacebuilding. This documentary follows three Afghan women who have organized to protect women’s rights from being traded away in the reconciliation and reintegration process, as security operations begin to shift from ISAF to Afghan control.

Read more and register to attend: http://www.usip.org/events/women-and-war-series-peace-unveiled-in-afghanistan

October 3, 2011 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Q&A: South Sudan’s Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare on Africa’s Newest Nation and its Women @unwomen

UN Women has posted an interview with South Sudan’s Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, Agnes Lasuba!

“On 9 July 2011 the world witnessed the birth of a nation — South Sudan, Africa’s 54th country. In an interview with UN Women, South Sudan’s Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare Agnes Lasuba weighs in on the country’s independence and what it means for women.”

Here’s an excerpt:

What does South Sudan’s independence mean for women?

“South Sudan means a lot for women because they went through hardships during more than 20 years of war. For those women who lost their husbands and sons, they are overjoyed because their spouses and sons did not die in vain, they fought for freedom and South Sudan got freedom. To women it also means peace and stability. It is time for them to develop themselves because during the war they could not progress. With freedom things will be different — things will be better. The independence will bring basic services, like access to health, education, sanitation and clean drinking water to name a few.”

Read the full interview: http://www.unwomen.org/2011/07/qa-south-sudans-minister-of-gender-child-and-social-welfare-on-africas-newest-nation-and-its-women/

July 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Community of Democracies’ Working Group on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights

This week, the Community of Democracies’ Working Group on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights met in Vilnius, Lithuania.  The Working Group was established in April 2010 with this mission statement:

“The status of the world’s women is not only a matter of morality and justice, but a political, economic and social imperative. When women are free to develop their talents and contribute fully to their societies, everyone benefits. Most of the world is now in agreement that women’s rights are human rights. We say a further step is needed: women’s progress is human progress.”

The Working Group focuses on 4 priorities:

  • Women and governance
  • Women and economic development
  • Women and violence
  • Women, peace and security 

Read more: http://community-democracies.org/images/stories/WGGE_press_release.pdf

July 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: Highlights, Part 1

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference:

David Chavern: “Business is the answer, not the problem.”

David Chavern: “Countries that treat women badly, do badly.”

Gayle Lemmon: “Women make sure there’s a community to go back to when the war is over.”

Gayle Lemmon: “In tough parts of the world, women turn to business to make sure their children get fed.”

Gayle Lemmon: “Unsung heroines and aspiring entrepreneurs are all around us.”

Mary Schnack: “Women don’t need to be sitting on a dirt floor to need help growing their businesses.”

Mary Schnack: “We need to help women recognize themselves as leaders and be honored as leaders”

Gayle Lemmon: “Afghan women are desperate for peace, but afraid it will come at the price of their right to go to work and school.”

More to come!

June 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: Live on Twitter

For even more updates from the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference, check out my Twitter feed!  Search for handle @hwhtw or click here: http://twitter.com/#!/hwhtw

June 20, 2011 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

“Training Women Facilitators in Iraq”

The U.S. Institute of Peace continues its focus on women as peacebuilders with a new training program for Iraqi women:

“In the most conflict-ridden areas of Iraq, USIP’s Network of Iraqi Facilitators (NIF) has provided conflict management training, facilitated dialogue between conflicting groups, and solved local problems, contributing significantly to efforts to bring peace and stability to Iraq. As part of the Academy’s ongoing NIF training, senior program officer Maria Jessop, Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana (from USIP’s  Religion and Peacemaking Center), and Khitam Alkhaghani from the Baghdad Office traveled to Erbil in May to conduct an Advanced Dialogue Facilitation Workshop for 17 women of the NIF. The workshop’s goal was to strengthen their ability to facilitate dialogue on sensitive topics involving gender, sectarianism, and identity-based tensions between women in order to achieve greater unity and cooperation. USIP will continue supporting the NIF women as they convene dialogues of their own. ”

Read more about the Network of Iraqi Facilitators program: http://www.usip.org/node/4604

June 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference

Coming soon to HWHTW: live coverage of the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference, June 20-21.  The conference will feature speakers such as Melanne Verveer, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, and Diana Villiers Negroponte on topics including “The Role of Women in Democratic Reform” and “Women and Rebuilding Conflict Areas.” Check back often June 20-21 for updates!

To seethe agenda or register to attend the conference: http://www.democracythatdelivers.com/node/23

June 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm Leave a comment

New Publication: “Women in Religious Peacebuilding”

A new publication from tbe United States Institute of Peace draws attention to women’s roles in religious efforts at building peace.  According to the authors, women tend to be marginalized in formal religious conventions, but this marginalization has “freed women from institutional constraints, and behind the scenes, they have worked creatively to build peace. In addition, pathbreaking women have attained some formal recognition in religious institutions and have used it to bolster peacebuilding work.”

A key finding: “Women involved in peacebuilding tend to gravitate to efforts that entail sustained interfaith and intrafaith relationship building, approaching peace work from a holistic perspective that highlights the community. Women’s abilities to reach across lines of difference in tense environments, lead nonviolent protests, and mobilize communities, as well as their engagement with the theological aspects of gender roles in peace, holds the promise to change discourse and preconceptions about how religious organizations can be involved in peacebuilding work.”

Read more: http://www.usip.org/publications/women-in-religious-peacebuilding

June 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

Best of International Women’s Day!

International Women's Day

The 100th annual International Women’s Day on March 8th brought lots of exciting events, news, and announcements for women.  Some highlights:

A HuffPost article on women and microfinance from Kiva President Premal Shah: “Kiva.org and the Ripple Effects of Helping Women”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/premal-shah/kivaorg-and-the-ripple-ef_b_833127.html?utm_source=jg&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=jg%5FCelebrating+Women+on+the+new+Kiva%2Eorg+%28259488506%29&utm_content=allisonasplin%40hotmail%2Ecom

New UN Women Quiz on Ending Violence against Women: “Every point you score counts towards [UNiTE’s] global action counter and builds momentum. The quiz will also be available in French and Spanish soon!” http://www.saynotoviolence.org/quiz

International Women of Courage Awards: The U.S. State Department honored 10 “women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk.”  http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/rem/2011/157899.htm

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet Commemorates International Women’s Day in Liberia: Executive Director Bachelet “engaged with women demonstrating leadership in rebuilding the country from the conflict that dominated its recent history” http://www.unwomen.org/2011/03/un-women-executive-director-michelle-bachelet-commemorates-international-womens-day-in-liberia/

Read more about International Women’s Day: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

March 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

USIP Launches Gender and Peacebuilding Center of Innovation

“Among the areas of focus in 2011 for the new Center will be the continued support to the U.S. Government’s development of a Women, Security and Peace Implementation Plan to make actionable core elements of the U.N. Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, a landmark framework that addresses the inordinate impact of war on women, as well as women’s critical contribution to conflict resolution and sustainable peace. To provide general background about the resolution, the Center has developed a tutorial that includes relevant USIP public presentations and written documents on the women, security and peace agenda.”

Read more: http://www.usip.org/newsroom/news/united-states-institute-peace-elevates-gender-initiative-center-innovation

January 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

Women Building Peace: The Institute for Inclusive Security

The Institute for Incluive Security promotes the value of women’s perspectives in building lasting peace:

“Across the globe, women play a vital but often unrecognized role in averting violence and resolving conflict. The Institute for Inclusive Security recognizes the important characteristics women bring to the negotiating table, whether it be experience with grassroots activism, empathy across cultural divides, or a less threatening demeanor which grants access behind enemy lines.

 To empower women around the world to take an active role in their society, Inclusive Security focuses on research and documentation, partnerships, and training.”

Read more: http://www.huntalternatives.org/pages/7_the_initiative_for_inclusive_security.cfm

December 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm Leave a comment

TED Flashback: Zainab Salbi

zainab salbi photoZainab Salbi of Women for Women International was in the audience, not onstage, at TEDWomen this week – but her talk from TEDGlobal earlier this year would have been right at home there:

“In war we often see only the frontline stories of soldiers and combat. AT TEDGlobal 2010, Zainab Salbi tells powerful “backline” stories of women who keep everyday life going during conflicts, and calls for women to have a place at the negotiating table once fighting is over.”

Video: “Women, wartime and the dream of peace”

http://www.ted.com/talks/zainab_salbi.html

December 9, 2010 at 9:54 pm Leave a comment

Ted Turner: A Radical Recommendation

The next speaker, Ted Turner, is also no stranger to controversy.  In typical no-holds-barred style, Ted made a radical recommendation for getting rid of war: “Let women run the planet for the next 100 years”.

He says:

“If only women could serve in public office for 100 years, we would very quickly have a society that wasn’t buying aircraft carriers and submarines and instead was putting money toward health and education.  We’d have a safer, better society in short order.”

Another bold prediction: “We will get rid of nuclear weapons in my lifetime.”

Finally, he drew a big laugh from the crowd in addressing his views of men vs. women: “I’m kinda pro-people… I am one.”

For more on Ted Turner: http://tedturner.com/home.asp

December 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm Leave a comment

The Key to Sustainable Peace: Women

“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store have published a joint op-ed on the role of women in building and maintaining sustainable peace to mark the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.”

The article posits that women’s participation in the peace process is key to the eventual success of peace negotiations and the resulting agreements. 

“Whether they are combatants or survivors, peace-builders or bystanders, women must play a role in the transition from war to peaceful development.”

To read the full article: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/10/150130.htm

November 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment


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