Leadership and Participation

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Seeking Gender Parity at the International Criminal Court

July 18, 2018
In light of the World Day for International Justice, it is significant to note that the International Criminal Court (ICC)—a global instrument for justice—still has far to go toward achieving gender parity.  The court is comprised of eighteen justices serving for a period of nine years each. Currently twelve are men and only six are women.  In the words of the ICC itself, “The election... Read more
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The Evidence for Women, Peace and Security

July 16, 2018
There are two main approaches to Women, Peace and Security (WPS). The first is simple. It is the “human rights argument,” which is essentially that, as women make up one-half of the global population, they ought to have one-half of the say in global decision-making. The other is more complex. It is the “effectiveness argument” of WPS, that women not only have a natural right to sit at the table... Read more
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Happy 4th of July!

July 04, 2018
Happy Fourth of July to all the American women who have worked to make our country what it is today.  From activists and ground-breaking scientists to Supreme Court Justices and representatives, Our Secure Future is happy to celebrate the accomplishments of American women from all walks of life. From top left, clockwise: Susan B. Anthony, suffragette, photo courtesy the Library of Congress... Read more
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Is Democracy Better for Women? Why Certain Types of Governance Are Often More Inclusive Than Others

June 27, 2018
Each year, the Fourth of July is lauded in the United States as a reminder that—as a democracy—the US is fortunate enough to have the best system of governance in the world. So, why are democracies considered “better” than other systems? For women’s rights and inclusion, the answer is simple. Governments that allow for active participation from their citizens also end up allowing for better... Read more
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Where Are All the Women in STEM…Still?

June 27, 2018
One hundred fifteen years after Marie Curie first announced that she discovered radium, women still face obstacles in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Only 17 women have received Nobel prizes in the sciences.  As we move towards a world with greater gender equality, why are women still being held back in STEM?