News & Events
In this section, the PeaceWomen Project aims to highlight news and events related to women, peace and security taking place on a local, national, regional and international levels.
The News Library and Events Calendar can be navigated by themes, country/region, date and/or keyword. Within the News Library and Events Calendar sections, there is the option to submit your own news items and upcoming events. Please remember that news and events must be relevant to women, peace and security.
May 20, 2013
SYRIA: Stoking Fire: Addressing the Specific Needs of Female Syrian Refugees
Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, more than a million people have fled, causing a refugee crisis of enormous magnitude. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), upwards of 3,000 Syrians a day have registered as asylum seekers in neighboring Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey. The lion's share of these refugees—between 300,000 and 400,000—have ended up in Jordan, with approximately 30 percent of the total settling in the Al Zaatari refugee camp and 70 percent moving into host communities throughout the country. UNFPA further estimates that three-quarters of the refugees are women and children.
May 19, 2013
AFGHANISTAN: Anger as Afghan MPs Halt Women's Bill Debate
Islamic fundamentalist politicians in Afghanistan have stopped a debate on whether to give parliamentary approval to a law protecting women against violence.
May 18, 2013
SYRIA: Fighting Sin With Sin, the Twisted Morals of Rapists in the Syrian Conflict
“Wahhabist fighters have called the rape as ‘Jihad al-Nikah,' assuming women and girl as war prisoners, and raping them as permissible,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said, in the first official recognition of the phenomenon in Syria.
May 30, 2013
UN HRC Panel: UN Universal Periodic Review & Violence Against Women & Girls
Organization: Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL), United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Women's United Nations Report Network (WUNRN)
General Women, Peace and Security - General, Human Rights - General, International & Regional Instruments & Mechanisms, Violence Against Women - General