Tara Dillon

Tara Dillon

Project Specialist

Tara has strong experience in international affairs, with a focus on gender and civilian protection. She received her Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Prior to joining Our Secure Future, Tara worked as reporter and producer for a major news organization in New York as well as for UN Women, working on a project detailing the different roles women take in conflict.



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Challenges Remain for Colombian Women Despite Inclusive Peace Accords

November 19, 2018
The Colombian Peace Accords are the most inclusive and comprehensive peace agreement in recent history. Signed on November 24, 2016, Colombian women’s groups ensured there was a gender perspective throughout the agreement and implementation.
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Violence against Journalists Continues as Hateful Rhetoric Grows

November 06, 2018
In recognition of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, we must acknowledge the historic and unprecedented threat female journalists face today. Female journalists are attacked, harassed, and threatened—both in person and online—every day. Across the globe, they are... more
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When It Comes to Peace and Security, What Do the Women Say?

October 29, 2018
On the 18th anniversary of the passing of UN Security Resolution 1325, it is more apparent than ever that the global community needs to take the voices of women into account to build sustainable peace and security.
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“Mothers of the Revolution”: Our Secure Future Recognizes Women Peacebuilders on the International Day of Peace

September 24, 2018
For this year’s International Day of Peace, Our Secure Future decided to celebrate women peacebuilders by inviting them to the table to share how they are mobilizing for peace using social media around the world.
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In South Sudan, Are Celebrations Over Recent Peace Too Soon?

August 20, 2018
As South Sudan celebrates its newest peace agreement, will women be included for the sake of sustained piece?
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Transformative Approach to Gender Mainstreaming in Refugee Camps Needed

June 25, 2018
A transformative approach to gender mainstreaming, in which data is collected, analyzed, and used in a way that fits the new social structures can better help the displaced population rebuild their lives.

The Call for Men in WPS: The Role of Male Allies in a So-Far Female-Dominated Agenda

June 19, 2018
The WPS agenda presents the opportunity to make formal peacemaking and peacebuilding processes and structures more inclusive, effective, and sensitive to the needs of the entire population. However, the agenda will not be fully successful without the inclusion of men.

A Case for Gender Mainstreaming in Peacekeeping Missions

May 29, 2018
Evidence shows that the presence of women in peacekeeping operations has a positive effect. Yet, the number of female peacekeepers sent to the field remains low.