NEWS: Institute for Inclusive Security September 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 20:00
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
General Women, Peace and Security
Peace Processes
Initiative Type: 

I. Recent Activities

Increasing Attention to Women Peace Builders in Afghanistan (July - September 2010)
With Inclusive Security support, Afghan women sought influence in several critical venues in recent months. A record number of women, over 430, registered to run for election to parliament in Afghanistan on September 18, but security concerns limited their ability to campaign. Women Waging Peace Network member Palwasha Hassan was the only representative from civil society to address the plenary at the international Kabul Conference on July 20; she presented a series of recommendations formulated in a 2-day pre-Conference convening attended by over 200 women from across Afghanistan. Hassan later joined Inclusive Security's Miki Jacevic at an event in DC on the challenges of Afghan reconciliation and reintegration.

Consulting with Women Experts in Israel and Palestine (August 2010)
As direct negotiations begin between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Inclusive Security met with dozens of women peace builders in the region to plan advocacy for women's inclusion in those negotiations and foreign policy decision making more generally. Plans include increasing the visibility and influence of women in Israel through implementation of Amendment 4 to the Equalization of the Rights of the Women Law (2005).

Supporting a National Coalition of Women Leaders in Sudan (July - August 2010)
In July and August, Inclusive Security traveled to Sudan to begin planning next steps with the national coalition of women leaders it has fostered over several years. The trip also marked the start of a second year-long project funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support the coalition in its efforts to ensure women's participation in ongoing peace processes. Events included training for more than 150 Sudanese women in Khartoum and Juba; meetings with leaders from diverse sectors of the Sudanese and international community, and a week-long peacebuilding workshop with over 70 grassroots women participants from across Sudan.

Pressing the US Government for Additional Commitments on Women, Peace, and Security (July - August 2010)
The upcoming October 2010 tenth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 provides the US an ideal opportunity to once again lead the international community in advancing the rights of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict settings. The Institute for Inclusive Security and others are urging the US to lead by example again and make far-reaching and significant commitments that will guarantee women's active participation in every stage of peacebuilding, including negotiations and post-conflict recovery. Inclusive Security and the Civil Society Advisory Group to the UN on Women, Peace, and Security (CSAG) have developed specific recommendations for US commitments.

Holding Governments Accountable for Implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security (August 2010)
As the tenth anniversary of UNSCR 1325 approaches in October, Inclusive Security continues to work with the UN Civil Society Advisory Group to press governments, including the United States, to make additional commitments to protect women during conflict and to increase their participation in peace processes. CSAG held its third meeting in Uganda to coincide with the 15th African Union Summit, and met the African Union Commission chairman and Ugandan President, as well about 100 women from African civil society, the UN and the African Union. CSAG has developed a sample set of commitments to inspire member states to commit to new activities at the Security Council Open Debate in late October, as well as specific suggestions for the United States.

Rallying Public Support for UNSCR 1325 (August 2010)
The Institute for Inclusive Security is supporting a UNIFEM-initiated petition to call on governments to implement UNSCR 1325 and encourages concerned individuals and organizations to add their name to the thousands of others around the world who are ensuring that women count for peace.

II. Training

Seeking Applicants: Training of Trainers in South Asia (November, 2010)
Inclusive Security seeks applicants for its upcoming eight-day Training of Trainers in Nepal, November 15-23, 2010. The event will bring together trainers from Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The training is supported by the US Embassies in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

III. New Publications

Guide to UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace, and Security and Guide to UN Security Council Resolution 1889
Two new guides from Inclusive Security explain the four UN Security Council Resolutions on women, peace, and security in brief, including what each is lacking. UNSCRs 1325 and 1889 underscore women's leadership in peacebuilding and conflict prevention. UNSCRs 1820 and 1888 focus on preventing and responding to conflict-related sexual violence.

Visit our full list of publications for our Toolkit, policy commission reports, and more:

IV. Inclusive Security in the News

Carla Koppell discusses Inclusive Security's work on The Doug Noll Show in mid-September.

Carla Koppell and Rebecca Miller argue in Reuters AlertNet in early September that “For Mideast peace, talks must be opened to women.”

Miki Jacevic is quoted in “Moderate Saudi women push back against terrorist groups” in GlobalPost in early September.

Miki Jacevic and Michelle Barsa are also featured in a VOA Dari service video about reconciliation and reintegration in Afghanistan.

C-SPAN broadcast live coverage of a US Institute of Peace event in August at which Miki Jacevic spoke about Afghanistan.

V. Upcoming Events

October 29, 2010: UN Member Governments Make New Commitments to UNSCR 1325 at UN Security Council Open Debate

For an up-to-date list of future events, please visit the events page of the Inclusive Security Web site.

VI. Select News from the Women Waging Peace Network

Click to read the expanded September 2010 update on the Network members' activities summarized below.

Palwasha Hassan was the only representative from civil society to address the plenary at the July Kabul Conference.

Guatemala and Northern Ireland
Luz Méndez of Guatemala and Monica McWilliams of Northern Ireland will be speaking at the 2010 Women PeaceMakers Conference at The Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego on September 29-October 1.

May Akl will be in the United States at Yale University as a World Fellow until January 2011.

Nurgul Djanaeva published the article, “Kyrgyzstan: First we Cry Together,” in the online edition of World Pulse. The article discusses how women are crossing ethnic lines to bring peace and security to Kyrgyzstan following the clashes in June 2010 between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks.

Mossarat Qadeem and Kishwar Sultana have mobilized their organizations to provide relief to those most affected by the recent floods in Pakistan.
Humaira Shahid was recently nominated to Punjab's Provincial Parliament.

Amina Rasul-Bernardo co-wrote an article for the Common Ground News Service with Qamar-ul Huda, senior program officer at the US Institute of Peace, on “A new generation of Muslim peace educators.”

South Africa
Sury Pillay is working with the UN Development Programme to empower women to identify barriers and seize opportunities in international trade.

Click to read the expanded September 2010 update on the Network members' activities summarized above.

About The Institute for Inclusive Security
The Institute for Inclusive Security uses research, training, and advocacy to promote the inclusion of all stakeholders, particularly women, in peace processes. We work with a global network of well over 1,000 women leaders from more than 40 conflict regions. Our research gives policymakers new strategies to drive inclusion by examining tangible contributions of women peace builders. Our training provides leaders the specialized skills and knowledge to direct local, national, and international peacebuilding. Our advocacy to high-level policymakers promotes change that makes peace processes more broad-based, and thus sustainable.

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