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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

“When Women Make Peace” @pbs #hwhtw

I had the honor of attending a private screening of this eye-opening documentary series last week at CFR, with a lively question-and-answer session with filmmaker Abigail Disney. 

“Are women inherently more peaceful than men? And are women’s interests always united when it comes to debates over war and peace?

“These are just some of the intriguing questions brought up by a new PBS documentary series, Women, War, and Peace.” 

Read more: http://www.nationinstitute.org/featuredwork/fellows/2431/when_women_make_peace/?utm_source=tweetdeck&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tweetdeck

November 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

“Female war reporters: ‘We’re given the softer side of war'”

This article from The Independent asks, “[I]s it patronising, irrelevant, sexist even, to mention Crawford, Sidner and Khodr’s gender? Or can the fact that three women were at the forefront of media coverage of a revolution be worthy of discussion about how that revolution was perceived? A new book about reporting the Arab Spring, out next month, aims to look at this.”

Read the full article: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/female-war-reporters-were-given-the-softer-side-of-war-2354158.html

October 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

Gayle Lemmon: “Looming Threat to Afghan Women’s Rights” @gaylelemmon #hwhtw

gayle lemmon photoIn this brand-new CFR Expert Brief, Gayle Lemmon looks at the peace process in Afghanistan, and what the future may hold for Afghan women:

“The question remains as to whether Afghan women will play a substantive role in a nascent reconciliation process, which is now floundering after the murder of former president Burhanuddin Rabbani. If not, there is a looming fear that women’s rights will be negotiated away in the quest to end the war. U.S. officials working on the peace process say that the White House wants to be able to point to concrete achievements in Afghanistan in the run-up to the 2012 elections, while still being able to declare the war’s end.”

Read the full article: http://www.cfr.org/afghanistan/looming-threat-afghan-womens-rights/p26124?cid=nlc-dailybrief-daily_news_brief-link8-20111007

October 7, 2011 at 3:15 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

UN Women is Hiring! @unwomen #hwhtw

UN Women is hiring for several positions in New York and worldwide, including Arab States Regional Director, Communications and Outreach Specialist (EVAW), and Programme Specialist (Gender and Governance in Fragile and Conflict Affected States).  Act fast – applications are due soon!

See the job postings: http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment/

August 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

First Afghan Women Pilots in Training

Women have been making strides in the effort to rebuild the Afghan military (see:  Training the First Female Afghan National Army Officers), and now they’re getting wings.  The first class of female military pilot recruits is in training at Lackland AFB near San Antonio, Texas:

Afghan Women Pilots Train At Lackland AFB

Women Break New Ground In Male-Dominated Culture

by Eileen Gonzales

SAN ANTONIO — Lt. Sourya Saleh, Lt Masooma Hussaina, Lt. Mary Sharifzada and Lt. Narges Safari are all in their early 20s. Although they were born with very limited possibilities in a culture dominated by men, they’re now part of a changing dynamic.

“We are going to open the door for our ladies in Afghanistan. it’s a big deal for us to open the door for others that other ladies that have dreams that they can’t do it, we want to show them,” said Lt Sourya Saleh.

“Their journey started about two years ago, when the Afghan army began looking for women to join. Then came the opportunity to become among the first female pilots in the Afghan Air Force…”

Read the full aticle: http://www.ksat.com/news/28535240/detail.html

July 31, 2011 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

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