In order to measure and identify tension or violence, conflict early warning systems are often developed in particularly unstable areas. The goal of these systems is to communicate with decision-makers and relevant actors in order to minimize conflict’s impact on the civilian population.
The United Nations has recognized women’s involvement in conflict prevention as important in the achievement of “durable peace, security and reconciliation.” As women are impacted significantly and uniquely by war, early warning systems need to be gender aware in both their design and implementation.
The main theory behind this is that the incorporation of gender-sensitive indicators and the particular knowledge of women into early warning systems, will make them “more comprehensive” and able to track micro-level events – in part because women are positioned in societies in ways that often make them more sensitive to these events. Furthermore, with micro-level changes taken into account, the specific vulnerabilities of men and women can be addressed more accurately, ensuring that these practices are not perpetuated in post-conflict situations, but also that they might be ended prior to conflict even beginning. Finally, the systems themselves are much more effective when tapping into civil society, and even more so when women’s organizations and networks are included in the process.
February 6, 2012 (Gender Across Borders)
ISRAEL: "Haradat Nashim" How The Exclusion of Women Is Tearing Israel Apart
The past few months have seen a growth of public discord in Israel, but this time, the issue at hand has nothing to do with territory or terrorism. Instead, there has been a heated clash between secular and ultra-Orthodox Israelis over the treatment of women within the country.
January 3, 2012 (Women's News Network)
INTERNATIONAL: Rural Women as Decision Makers Viewed as Pivotal to Climate Change Solutions
Bringing rural women's voices to the decision making table was one of the discussions throughout the recent two week Durban Climate Talks (COP17) which ended on 9 December. One of the conference goals was to bring greater insights for action with solutions for climate change. But are global leaders bringing rural women's voices to the table?
February 25, 2011 (IRIN)
SUDAN: Rights Groups Criticize Khartoum Crackdowns
Anti-government protesters, who have taken to the streets of Khartoum and other Sudanese cities over recent weeks, run the risk of sexual assault, torture and detention, say human rights workers and demonstrators.
We confirmed five cases of women who were sexually assaulted during or after the protests, said Rania Rajji, Amnesty International's Sudan researcher, adding that there had also been cases of torture, and injured people being denied medical care while in detention. According to Amnesty, some 60 people who took part in protests are in the custody of security forces.
June 25, 2010 (USAID/East Africa)
EAST AFRICA: Karamoja Women for Peace Building and Networking Meeting Kicks off Today
A two-day Karamoja Women for Peace-building Networking Meeting organized by the Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN) of IGAD in collaboration with PACT/PEACE II Programme and USAID/EA Kicks off today in Eldoret Town, Kenya. The meeting that brings together up to 60 grassroots women from the Karamoja Cluster (an area that covers the cross-border areas of Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda) will serve as a forum to consult on enhancing the role of women in peace building efforts in the Cluster.
March 16, 2010 (Open Democracy)
INTERNATIONAL: Vital peace constituencies
The last decade has seen much more detailed attention to the many, sometimes contradictory, roles women play in conflict situations. But women remain a vital peace constituency.
Burma is the Country at Highest Risk of Genocide,
Global Justice Center,
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Rape and the Failure of Peace: The Destabilizing Force of Sexual Violence in Civil War,
21st of April 2011
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UNSCR 1325 and Prevention: A Hybrid for Utilising Human Rights and Early Warning Frameworks in the Campaign to End Violence Against Women,
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Bombshells with Black Faces: Examining the Intersection between Terrorism, State Failure, and Sexual Gender Based Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa,
1st of January 2011
Engendering Conflict Early Warning ,
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIEFEM),
January 1, 2006
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