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  • Issue 132
    12/13/2011

    December 2011

    This 132 edition of PeaceWomen ENews features updates on PeaceWomen's NAP initiative, csw 56, the 16 Days Campaign, and women, peace and security news, events and resources from peacewomen.org

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    This month, WILPF sections and members around the world celebrate the end of our collective participation in the 2011 “16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women Campaign”. WILPF's participation in this year's campaign was powerful.

  • Issue 131
    11/11/2011

    Women, Participation, and WILPF's 16 Days Campaign

    This 131 edition of PeaceWomen ENews features updates on the Open Debate on Women, Peace, and Security, the 16 Days Campaign, a statement on the DRC Elections from WILPF DRC,and women, peace and security news, events and resources from peacewomen.org.

    On October 28 2011, the UN Security Council held its annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security with 64 speakers. The civil society speaker, Ms.

  • Issue 130
    10/18/2011

    Noble Prize for Women and the Whistleblower (movie) at the UN

    This 130 edition of PeaceWomen ENews features update on the Opening of the 66th Session of the General Assemble, 1325 Commitments, a statement from WILPF Nigeria, 16 Days campaign, women, peace and security news, events and resources from peacewomen.org.

    This month the global women's movement celebrated three women awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Liberia's first female President, Leymah Gbowee Liberia's peace activist, and Tawakkul Karman Yemenese opposition activist. WILPF and the PeaceWomen Project congratulates the new Laureates for their leadership and dedication to peace, human rights and equality; and for receiving the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Issue 129
    09/14/2011

    General Assembly 2011

    This 129 edition of PeaceWomen ENews features update on WILPF International Congress, women, peace and security news, events and resources from peacewomen.org.

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    September marks the beginning of a series of events here at UN headquarters in New York, starting with the opening of the 66th General Assembly and the High-Level general debate from 21st -27th September.

  • Issue 128
    08/15/2011

    WILPF Assembles to Transform the Agenda

    This 128 edition of PeaceWomen ENews features women, peace and security news, events and resources from peacewomen.org.

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    I have just returned from the international assembly of WILPF members at our Congress. The theme of the conference was "Women, Peace and Security (WPS)- Transforming the Agenda" and the WILPF members, delegates and participants engaged actively in the discussion of this theme and the many related issues. I was honored as the Director of PeaceWomen to make a presentation under the "Invest in Peace" Programme discussion.

  • Issue 127
    07/11/2011

    July Updates

    This 127 edition of PeaceWomen ENews features women, peace and security news, events and resources from peacewomen.org. The last PeaceWomen ENews focused on situation in Pakistan.

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    WILPF is preparing for our upcoming international Congress, where members from around the world will be gathering in San José, Costa Rica from July 30 until August 6 2011. This will be the last Congress before WILPF celebrates our 100th Anniversary in 2015, where we will meet in the Hague. The Congress agenda is packed and PeaceWomen will present our work, commitments and objectives to members.

  • Issue 126
    06/13/2011

    1325 and it's Connectivity

    This 126 edition of PeaceWomen ENews features women, peace and security news, events and resources from peacewomen.org. The last PeaceWomen ENews focused on situation in Pakistan.

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    With the aim of challenging the status-quo, ending conflict, and improving women's lives, women's rights activists and civil society struggled to embed SCR 1325 - and the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda - with the principles of conflict prevention, empowerment and protection; this integration was not by coincidence, but because of great efforts and for specific reasons.

  • Issue 125
    05/10/2011

    Spring Spirit of Change

    This 124 edition of PeaceWomen ENews features women, peace and security news, events and resources from peacewomen.org. The last PeaceWomen ENews focused on the 55th Session of CSW.

    Over recent months, the world has witnessed a number of significant events unfold in rapid succession, leaving us with a feeling of uncertainty about the future. Nevertheless, during these momentous and transitional periods, we must remind ourselves of the core values entrenched in non-violent peace movements: "be the change you want to see in the world" (M. Gandhi).

  • Issue 124
    04/12/2011

    Unite to Challenge Military Spending

    This 124 edition of PeaceWomen ENews features women, peace and security news, events and resources from peacewomen.org. The last PeaceWomen ENews focused on the 55th Session of CSW.

    World military expenditure in 2010 was more than $1,630 billion (SIPRI). That is $4.5 billion per day! April 12th marks the Global Day of Action on Military Spending.

  • Issue 123
    03/14/2011

    100th International Women's Day - March 8th 2011

    This 123 edition of PeaceWomen ENews features women, peace and security news, events and resources from peacewomen.org. The last PeaceWomen ENews focused on the 55th Session of CSW. (click here for full version).

    Last week, we marked the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day (March 8, 2011). A centennial of International Women's Day seems like a historic milestone in some ways, yet the reality of this day is less about celebrating and more about solidarity with women and girls around the world who are struggling to overcome oppression and marginalization, and work towards a just world based on equality and dignity.

  • Issue 122
    02/07/2011

    CSW 55 and Taking on Technology

    This 122 edition of PeaceWomen ENews features women, peace and security news, events and resources from peacewomen.org.The last PeaceWomen ENews focused on setting an active agenda for women's advocates in the new year (click here for full version).

    This year's CSW falls at a time of great change. As I write this, there are uprisings in many cities of the Middle East and North Africa where women and men are demanding justice, freedom and equality.

  • Issue 121
    01/10/2011

    An Active Agenda for Women's Advocates in 2011

    This 121 edition of PeaceWomen ENews features women, peace and security news, events and resources from peacewomen.org.

    The last PeaceWomen ENews focused on the subject of sexual violence against women in honor of the 16 Day Campaign and the new Security Council Resolution (1960) on sexual violence in conflict (click here for full version).

    In 2011, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) plans to continue its tradition of carrying forward a pro-peace and women's rights agenda. Will 2011 be a year that the United Nations (and its member states) acknowledges women as equal participants in global activism for full disarmament, sustainable peace, development and human rights?

2010

2009

  • Issue 113
    11/01/2009

    Taking Back the Agenda


    1. EDITORIAL
    Sam Cook

    This is the final PeaceWomen E-News for 2009. It is also the last E-News for me as Director of the PeaceWomen Project as I depart for new projects and pursuits. This edition offers a good opportunity to reflect on the women, peace and security agenda and to look to the year ahead. In 10 months we will be marking the 10th Anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325.

  • Issue 112
    10/01/2009

    9th Anniversary of 1325: A Year of Accountability Ahead

    1. EDITORIAL
    Sam Cook

    The issue of accountability is one that we continue to tackle and this 9th Anniversary of 1325 is an important moment to reassert the importance of putting in place systems to ensure that accountability. In a year's time we mark 10 years since the watershed moment of the adoption of 1325 in 2000.

  • Issue 111
    09/01/2009

    Resolution For Change

    1. EDITORIAL
    Sam Cook

    In this edition of the PeaceWomen E-News rather than honing in on a particular issue, we present some of the broader
    work being done to advance gender equality concerns. As usual the women, peace and security news (Item 2) reflects the
    continuing issues of conflict and inequality across the globe. But there are many encouraging stories indicative of the

  • Issue 110
    08/01/2009

    Participation for Change

    1. EDITORIAL
    Sam Cook

    In this edition of the PeaceWomen E-News we are highlighting the remarkable efforts of women around the world to bring about sustainable, positive and peaceful political change. The participation aspect of Resolution 1325 is in many ways its lynchpin. Unfortunately, this is also the area in which implementation of the resolution has been particularly ad hoc and limited.

  • Issue 109
    07/01/2009

    SC Resolution 1820: Reviewing Initial Progress

    1. EDITORIAL
    Sam Cook

    It has been just over a year since the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1820, which focused primarily on the issue of sexual violence in conflict, and the much-anticipated first report of the Secretary-General on its implementation has just been released.

  • Issue 108
    06/01/2009

    Civil Society: Taking Steps to Ensure Accountability

    1. EDITORIAL
    Sam Cook

    The question is often asked: “What is being done to ensure accountability for the implementation of Resolutions 1325 and 1820?” There is no easy answer to this question. In this edition of the PeaceWomen E-News we highlight the efforts of women, peace and security advocates in the NGO sector who are working to ensure better accountability in very concrete ways.

  • Issue 107
    04/01/2009

    Anniversaries of Women's Activism

    1. EDITORIAL
    Sam Cook

    This edition of the PeaceWomen E-News offers an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate women's activism. It is a particularly special time for the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom as we mark our 94th Anniversary.

  • Issue 106
    01/01/2009

    Focus on the 53rd CSW

    1. EDITORIAL
    Sam Cook

    As we move into March, women from around the world are gathering in New York for the 53rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women. We have made the CSW the focus for this edition of the PeaceWomen 1325 E-News. While the CSW session is filled with many events, and while it is an important space for women to gather and collaborate, it is also a time for governments to get serious about meeting their commitments.

2008

2007

  • Issue 96
    12/01/2007

    2007: Year in Review

    1. EDITORIAL
    Sam Cook

    The PeaceWomen Team
    Sam Cook

    The PeaceWomen Team
    Sam Cook

  • Issue 95
    11/01/2007

    16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

    1. EDITORIAL
    Sam Cook

    The 16 Days Campaign, now in its 17th year, is the focus of this November edition of the 1325 PeaceWomen E-News. The campaign, coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) is inspiring in its ability to galvanize actors around the globe to take action to end violence against women.

  • Issue 94
    10/01/2007

    October 2007: Marking Seven Years

    1. EDITORIAL
    Sam Cook

    As reflected in this edition of the PeaceWomen E-News, the seventh year since the adoption of Resolution 1325 was marked this month. Also this month was UN Day and WILPF released a statement on 24th of October to mark the sixty-second anniversary of the creation of the UN (see Item 4).

  • Issue 93
    09/01/2007

    Focus on Burma

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    As we publish this September edition of the PeaceWomen 1325 E-News, the attention of the world is turned to events unfolding in Burma.

  • Issue 92
    08/31/2007

    Focus on the DRC

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    This edition of the PeaceWomen E-News focuses on women, peace and security issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The issues dealt with in this context find reflection in many parts of the world. As can be seen from our news stories (Item 2) these range from sexual violence in conflict to women's participation in peace processes, elections and government.

  • Issue 91
    07/25/2007

    Gender and Displacement

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    This month's 1325 E-news edition focuses on the nexus of gender, security and displacement. The lives of women and men in situations of crisis and conflict are often over-shadowed by the socio-economic, political and security risks that come with being forcibly displaced.

  • Issue 90
    06/28/2007

    Gender & Security Sector Reform

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    This month's edition of the 1325 PeaceWomen E-News has as its focus Gender and Security Sector Reform. As our regular news section (Item 2) reveals, there are a plethora of issues arising in the women, peace and security sphere in conflict affected areas across the globe.

  • Issue 89
    05/24/2007

    Participation, Governance & Elections

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    This month's edition of the PeaceWomen E-News again focuses on specific aspects of 1325 implementation: participation, governance and elections. Women's political participation is one of the vital issues dealt with in Resolution 1325. Although implementation in this area is slow and uneven, it does garner more attention than many others. This attention is, however, often shallow and at times masks more serious issues.

  • Issue 88
    04/25/2007

    Gender and DDR

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    As awareness of Security Council Resolution 1325 increases, we have observed a tendency to refer to the resolution and its implementation in general terms and as an easy panacea for the issues around women and armed conflict. This is not always accompanied by a consideration of exactly what is meant by implementation in concrete terms.

  • Issue 87
    03/21/2007

    Gender and Peacekeeping

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    This month's newsletter is focused on issues of gender in peacekeeping. The edition features a number of news stories showing the UN's growing interest in increasing women's participation in peacekeeping operations (3).

  • Issue 86
    02/21/2007

    Focus on the CSW

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    In this edition we focus on the Commission on the Status of Women that will begin its 51st Session on the 26th of February. Last year the CSW agreed on new working methods and a programme of work for the next several years. In accordance with these new methods, the Commission will, in each session, focus on policy development in relation to one priority theme and will review previous agreements in relation to another.

  • Issue 85
    01/31/2007

    2007: Challenges & Opportunities for Implementing 1325

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    This first edition for 2007 of the PeaceWomen E-News presents an opportunity to reflect the broad range of issues and actors in the women, peace and security sphere. We hope that 2007 is a year in which we see positive activity and action from all relevant actors and on a multiplicity of fronts.

2006

  • Issue 84
    12/12/2006

    Focus on Violence Against Women

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    This time of year is always particularly poignant for women's human rights advocates around the world. It is a time that includes a number of days dedicated to highlighting three issues that affect many women closely: Violence against Women, HIV/AIDS and violations of human rights in general.

    This time of year is always particularly poignant for women's human rights advocates around the world. It is a time that includes a number of days dedicated to highlighting three issues that affect many women closely: Violence against Women, HIV/AIDS and violations of human rights in general.

  • Issue 83
    11/17/2006

    October: Anniversary Recap and Follow-Up

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    The preceding month has seen a host of activities to mark the sixth anniversary of Resolution 1325 (see Item 3). As we have noted on numerous occasions, while focused attention on the resolution and its implementation is welcome, we look forward to this being something which extends through the entire year.

  • Issue 82
    10/17/2006

    6th Anniversary of Resolution 1325

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    In general, an anniversary is a cause for celebration – and there have certainly been some solid steps taken towards the full and effective implementation of Resolution 1325 since its unanimous adoption nearly six years ago to celebrate. 1325 must not become something that Member States and the UN system only pay attention to during the month of October.

  • Issue 81
    09/26/2006

    1325 Award Winner Announced

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    Women often resist the return to traditional gender roles when their society is emerging from conflict; some seize the opportunity and advance gender equality. We highlight several outstanding examples in this edition of 1325 PeaceWomen E-News.

  • Issue 80
    08/22/2006

    Call to Action: End Sexual Violence in Conflict & Beyond

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    Elections in the DRC are currently offering an important opportunity for women in the country to be involved in the political process. UNIFEM has been supporting efforts to ensure women's participation and representation in and through the process (Item 9). Several of our news stories (Item 2) note the gains made in this worldwide struggle – from Rwanda, Southern Africa and Iraq to Latin America and the Navajo Nation.

  • Issue 79
    07/25/2006

    WILPF Denounces Escalation of Military Aggression in Lebanon, Israel and Gaza

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    The escalating military aggression and conflict in the Middle East is the most recent example of the need for efforts to build sustainable peace and the dangers of not doing so. Building sustainable peace goes beyond the calling of a cease-fire – although this is an important step. Sustainable peace is not possible if women are excluded from peace processes.

  • Issue 78
    06/20/2006

    Focus on 1325 & CEDAW

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    SCR 1325 has played a critical role in heightening global awareness on the importance of gender perspectives in all areas of peace and security. As part of the UN's multilateral framework for the promotion of peace and women's rights, SCR 1325 complements other international and national instruments that give women and peace activists a wide range of tools to advance their work.

  • Issue 77
    05/23/2006

    Focus on Sudan

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    We have, over time, heard many commitments from the United Nations and Member States to implement Resolution 1325. We have also seen very limited actions taken to meet these commitments. The current situation in Darfur offers an opportunity to make those commitments a reality.

  • Issue 76
    04/25/2006

    1325 Award Nominations

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    In this edition of 1325 PeaceWomen E-News we highlight the exciting 1325 Award initiative that recognizes the contributions made by individuals and civil society organizations in the implementation of UNSCR 1325 (featured in item 2 below).

  • Issue 75
    03/21/2006

    International Women's Day

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    One theme of this year's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes at all levels. PeaceWomen joined with thousands of women activists to challenge governments to put such policy discussions into practice and create real possibilities for our participation.

    One theme of this year's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes at all levels. PeaceWomen joined with thousands of women activists to challenge governments to put such policy discussions into practice and create real possibilities for our participation.

  • Issue 74
    02/21/2006

    Women in Conflict Prevention

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    Prevention, Protection, Participation: the contributions and needs of women in each of these key areas is essential to building and sustaining peace. This issue of the PeaceWomen 1325 E-News focuses on the intersection of these 3 aspects of UNSCR 1325 and highlights the grassroots efforts of women to prevent conflict and participate in peace processes and also touches on efforts made in respect of protection.

  • Issue 73
    01/31/2006

    Women's Participation in Decision Making

    1. EDITORIAL
    The PeaceWomen Team

    Welcome to the 2006 1325 PeaceWomen E-News. This year the PeaceWomen team has planned an improved newsletter to increase the visibility of Resolution 1325 and momentum for advocacy for its full and rapid implementation. We will expand the newsletter's potential for sharing information with UN staff, government representatives and civil society actors on 1325 and related women, peace and security issues.

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