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1. COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN (CSW)This edition of the 1325 PeaceWomen E-News Features:
Last week over 50 UN Women staff based in Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Samoa came together for the first time as part of the new UN entity, UN Women.
The United Nations Security Council will focus on security sector reform and women's role in peace and security in October, a senior official said here on Tuesday. Joy Ogwu, permanent representative of Nigeria to the UN and the president of the Security Council for October, made the remarks at a press briefing. Nigeria is one of the 10 non-permanent members of the UN Security Council. The first council open debate slated for Oct.
United Nations “Global Open Day for Women and Peace” kicks off 10th anniversary commemorations of UN Security Council resolution 1325
Nawal Al Saadawi has been at the lead of the fight for rights for women for decades, and like many here was exhilarated when women and men united in Tahrir Square to lead protests against dictator Hosni Mubarak.
But more than a year after Mubarak's ouster, not much has changed for women, she laments.
"Things didn't improve for women, and we are going backward," said Nawal, 81, an author and activist.
IT is both ironic and tragic that policy debates on the need to reform the security sector in post-conflict societies such as Zimbabwe do not address gender-based injustices, especially the trials and tribulations of women in conflict situations, yet at the turn of the 21st Century, a lady parliamentarian invigorated this critical debate.
Representatives of government ministries and national women's machineries from 14 countries in southern Africa, as well as regional economic communities, civil society organizations and UN agencies came together in Johannesburg, South Africa on 11-12 May for a regional consultation on the Africa UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, hosted by UNIFEM on behalf of the United Nations system.
Tomorrow morning (Friday, 11 January), the Council will be briefed by Margaret Vogt, the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) via videoconference from Libreville, Gabon.
The Security Council today debated the need to reform the security sector in African countries emerging from conflict, with the United Nations peacekeeping chief calling it crucial to ensuring stability, reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development.
The First Lady, Patience Jonathan, on Monday in Abuja consulted with the wives of state governors on ways of facilitating peace in their domains.
Mrs Jonathan intimated the governors' wives on how she became the President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) and informed them that they would be inaugurated as ambassadors for peace in their respective states.
When US President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in July, the aim was to clean up American finance. Yet an obscure passage, buried deep inside the 2,300-page legislation, seeks to reform an industry thousands of miles from Washington - one that activists say is fueling rape and other acts of violence against civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Several women organizations and groups have been motivated to assist the security sector in consolidating the peace as the United Nations Missions draws down its troops from the country.
This event is co-sponsored by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND), and the Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights. Civil society advocates and activists from around the world will meet in New York so as to discuss the Security Council's high-level review of the progress at the global, regional and national lev