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Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict
In London, from June 10-13th, Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, co-chaired the largest global meeting on the issue of sexual violence in conflict ever convened. Alongside invited governments, legal, military and judicial practitioners, representatives from multilateral organizations, NGOs and civil society, WILPF was there in force! As the longest serving women peace movement, we highlighted the silence that exists on weapons and profits made from sexual violence; and brought attention to the fact that ending violence and eliminating its causes is a critical element in preventing conflict and sexual violence. WILPF called attention to three of these root causes of conflict during our events at the Summit: patriarchy, armament, and exclusion. The three events that reflected these causes were:
1) "The Whistleblower" film screening with a discussion about exploitation and trafficking;
2) Panel discussion on the impact of escalating violence on the lives of women in Syria;
3) Panel discussion on gender and war -- impact and solutions.
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July 22, 2014
The aspirations to achieve peace and reconciliation in Colombia were at the center of proposals in three regional forums on the situation of the victims of the armed conflict that has affected that South American nation for the past five decades
July 18, 2014
U.N. Human Rights experts are expressing concern about the widespread violence and discrimination to which women in conflict-ridden Central African Republic and Syria are subjected. C.A.R. and Syria are two of eight countries examined by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, which monitors States Compliance to existing rules.
July 17, 2014
On Tuesday July, 15, 2014, two of the United Nations System Agencies, the Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in collaboration with the Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Ministry of Gender and Development (MOGD)-SGBV Joint Program launched a new campaignin Monrovia named: "Shining the Light on ending violence against women" and empowering them to remain free from HIV.
July 17, 2014
The current focus is on Gaza, where the Israeli military's "knock on the roof" warning missile leaves too little time for escape. Women and children compose a sizable number of the 200 Palestinians killed as of July 16.
July 16, 2014
In the U.S., over 28 million workers are earn a minimum wage. They struggle to make ends meet. Fifty-five percent of these workers are women and women of color. The Fair Minimum Wage Act in the House and the Minimum Wage Fairness Act in Senate would gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2017. Tipped wage earners currently earn only $2.13 per hour. They will also see their wages increase to just over $5 dollars, indexed to keep up with inflation. Many argue increasing the minimum wage and the tipped minimum wage are a step towards fair pay for women. Others say that this is still insufficient and will still keep majority of the families well below the poverty line for generations to come.
July 16, 2014
First Nation leaders, women's groups, elders and youth today gathered in a Circle of Hope in Halifax today, offering a special tribute to missing and murdered Indigenous women during the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Annual General Assembly taking place at the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre this week.
July 16, 2014
The Moremi Initiative has launched the 2014 MILEAD Fellows Leadership Institute to train young women to develop their talents to create a change in their societies. Twenty-eight young women from 26 different African countries, including Sudan, Benin, Gambia, South Africa, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Ghana, are participating in the programme.