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The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda announced on Tuesday that she has picked a veteran advocate of women's human rights to be her new special adviser on gender issues.
Brigid Inder, Executive Director of the Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice based in the Hague, will assume the new position to will replace Catherine MacKinnon who held this role since November 2008.
With more than 13,000 police officers serving in peacekeeping operations — from Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region to earthquake-ravaged Haiti — the world body aimed to boost the number of women officers to 20 per cent by 2014 while strengthening training programmes to better prepare recruits to handle complex post-conflict and post-disaster situations, United Nations Police Adviser Ann-Marie Orler said at Headquarters today.
Despite the United Nations' "zero tolerance" policy against sexual violence, there has been a rash of gender-based crimes in several of the world's conflict zones, including South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Northern Uganda, Somalia, the Central African Republic - and, more recently, in politically-troubled Egypt and Syria.
Breaking News from the Peace Table in Havana
November 6, 2013
The Women Members of Parliament are accusing Parliamentary leadership of ignoring international protocols in ensuring gender balance.
The women say they should be given at least 30% of all leadership positions, which is not the current case.
The matter was raised by MP Cecilia Ogwal, supported by Beti Amongi and the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, after the NRM had assigned its members to the various committees.
The Chief Gender Monitor, Oda Gasinzigwa, has advised a visiting Kenyan delegation, to seek political leadership positions in their country as a way of prioritising gender equality.
Gasinzigwa made the remarks when she received officials from the National Gender and Equality Commission at her office yesterday.
2010 celebrates the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.10 points on 10 years UNSCR 1325 in Europe
CSO Position Paper on Europe-wide Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325
On November 25, 2013, the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University will launch the 23rd annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. CWGL will join thousands of activists from around the world in a call for an end to gender-based violence and more substantial responses on the part of governments to act with due diligence in protecting and preventing gender-based violence.
Sam Cook & Felicity Hill
1. CELEBRATING THE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OF 1325 PEACEWOMEN E-NEWSThis edition of the 1325 PeaceWomen E-News Features:
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.
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.