Posts tagged ‘women and war’

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

Video: “A Considerable Difference: Women and Representation in Southern Sudan”

A new documentary from UN Women explores women’s impact in creating South Sudan:

“After more than 20 years of civil war and a long struggle for independence, South Sudan officially became Africa’s 54th nation on 9 July 2011. In the making of the nation, women played a significant role in achieving independence — making their voices heard, particularly in the political arena.”

Watch the video: http://www.unwomenuk.org/a-considerable-difference-women-and-representation-in-southern-sudan/

July 19, 2011 at 12:26 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

#DTDW: “We need to think beyond microenterprise”

More from the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference:

This morning’s panel featured three women with expertise in women’s entrepreneurship efforts, and all of them echoed the same sentiment: For women to move forward, the focus must move from microenterprise to mainstream small and medium businesses – and beyond. 

Selima Ahmad, President and Founder of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, offered a provocative question: “We need to give deep thought to micro entrepreneurs – are they part of the mainstream economy?”  She added, “We need to think beyond microenterprise.”

Mary Schnack of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) agreed: “Women don’t need to be sitting on a dirt floor to need help growing their businesses.”  Women who are already running businesses need additional skills to scale up, she noted.

Gayle Lemmon, author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khanna, identified access to markets and financing as the biggest obstacle to growing women’s businesses.  She noted that in countries where women cannot legally own property, they cannot get financing because they cannot offer collateral.

June 20, 2011 at 5:00 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

“Western women can come to the rescue of the world”

In an audience that included Nobel peace laureates Mairead Maguire, Jody Williams, and Betty Williams, Irish president Mary Robinson, humanitarian Susan Davis, and filmmaker Abigail Disney, the Dalai Lama made this startling comment.

“The Dalai Lama, like his great friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu, does not mince words when it comes to women. He has said on numerous occasions that he inherited his prodigious compassion from his mother. He believes that women, with their nurturing instinct, are naturally more compassionate. He wants to see more female ministers of defence, and is delighted that Spain has one. If wars are a fact of life, then it would be better if women were in charge, according to him, since they are more likely to empathize with those who suffer during conflicts.”

Read more: http://ht.ly/50IAT

May 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

Wake Up Call: International Rescue Committee

“WAKE UP.  From Congo to Cambodia, women and girls face violence and discrimination.  Yet each day, people are fighting to create a world where women and girls can reach their full potential.  Hear how they’re changing lives.  Join this community.  Send a Wake Up Call.”

Check out IRC’s cool new web community supporting gender empowerment movements.  Read stories from women across the world, send a message to Congress, pass on news to a friend, or make a donation to the cause.

Read more: http://wakeup.rescue.org/#/home

Thanks to Nicole Epps for the great find!

April 12, 2011 at 12:14 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

“An Islamic Feminist: Asiya Andrabi and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat of Kashmir”

From Francesca Marino, an intimate look at a woman who presents a paradox that is difficult to reconcile with many widely held beliefs about Muslim women.  Says Marino:

“I wanted to meet [Asiya Andrabi] for two reasons: the Dukhtaran-e-Millat was, and still is, the only jihadi female group of the region. It is a “soft” terrorist group, but they are openly at actively supporting jihad. The other reason, and the main one, was that Asiya calls herself an “Islamic feminist” and, according to her, she fights for equal rights within the frame of Islam.”

Read more: http://asiatica.org/jsaws/12-1/islamic-feminist-asiya-andrabi-and-dukhtaran-e-millat-kashmir/ (from the Journal of South Asia Women Studies)

December 26, 2010 at 1:33 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

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