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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.
Sam Cook & Felicity Hill
1. CELEBRATING THE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OF 1325 PEACEWOMEN E-NEWSThis edition of the 1325 PeaceWomen E-News Features:
1. WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY NEWS
IRAQ CONSTITUTION ‘BIG DISAPPOINTMENT' FOR WOMEN
Global & national media are ignoring the growing intensity of sexual aggression and torture of women demonstrators in Honduras after the military coup d'etat & and violent repression, according to Honduran feminists and activists.
The violence between Israel and Palestine is increasing. – The civilian population of Gaza is being severely affected, regardless of socioeconomic status. Civilians have died, including a pregnant woman and several children, says Linda Öhman, working for the women's rights and peace organization The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation in Jerusalem.
Continued militancy has taken the life of a woman in Iraq's northern province of Nineveh while others have been wounded in a separate incident in the capital.
Unknown gunmen killed a woman Tuesday afternoon in the al-Akidat region in central Mosul, Nineveh's provincial capital, a security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
Media in Southern Africa still has a long way to go towards gender sensitive reporting in newsrooms, a study by Gender Links has revealed.
Rwanda's FDU-Inkingi Party leader, peace and social justice activist Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, spoke to Ann Garrison for Womens' International News Gathering Service (WINGS) in July 2010, near the close of Rwanda's 2010 presidential election year, which was really an election stage play complete with election observers from the U.S. and the U.K. Incumbent Rwandan President Paul Kagame was “re-elected” on Aug.
The improved political representation of women in Iraq is in sharp contrast to their broader disempowerment, as highlighted by the persistence of domestic violence and early marriage, according to a new report by the UN Inter-Agency Information and Analysis Unit.
A UN report on Iraq shows human rights in the country remain a cause for concern, in spite of improvements in security.
In the last few days, while the world has been overwhelmed by the flow of information about atrocities committed by Islamic State (IS) jihadists, public officials and local media channels have confirmed that hundreds of Yezidi and Christian women have been abducted, some of them buried alive and others subjected to rape and sexual slavery.
With US forces having completed their pullout, Iraqis are hopeful their country will regain its lofty status in the Arab world, but one group expects little to change for the better: women.
Gender violence in conflict zones can stem from a multitude of factors – societal customs, ideologies, stress, as well as government and non-government actors participating in the conflict. As a result, Iraq has seen an increase in the rate of domestic violence during periods of recession and war. Post-conflict Iraq does not represent only a society of war victims.
Physical and sexual violence against women in Iran, including violence perpetrated by state security forces, is rapidly increasing. News releases in official media, which usually censor such topics, have surprisingly reported on incidents of gang rape and assaults against women.
"What does it mean to call a country democratic when government critics are exiled and branded terrorists? Who decides what is patriotic and what is not? Whose voices are actually being heard? Whose rights are really being protected?" -- Sunila Abeysekera, Prominent Sri Lankan Human Rights Activist.
Sometimes winners lose.
As Iraq prepares to hold new parliamentary elections amid continuing controversy over the eligibility of many candidates, Amnesty International is appealing to the country's political leaders to ensure that both the election campaign and the vote on 7 March are conducted peacefully and fully conform with Iraq's obligations under international human rights law.
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