Leadership and Participation

World Environment Day- terracing fields

World Environment Day: What Are Women Around the World Doing to Promote Environmentalism?

June 05, 2018
On World Environment Day, Our Secure Future is pleased to highlight three women leaders who are drawing the link from human rights to the environment.Vandana ShivaAn Indian scholar and environmentalist that started Navdanya, a national movement that promotes the use of native seeds for farming, organic practices, and fair trade.You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder.  It is... Read more
iraqi woman holds her voter registration card

As More Women Run for Office in Iraq, Are Gender Quotas Producing their Expected Result?

June 04, 2018
This year’s election in Iraq saw a surge of new female candidates who ran their campaigns in a nontraditional way.  Women appeared on campaign posters wearing makeup and no headscarves.  Many were outraged by the images, even going so far as to tear them down or deface them.  Others were more enthusiastic about the break from tradition and were more willing to vote for young,... Read more
Women UN Peacekeepers march

Honoring Women Peacekeepers

May 29, 2018
In 2011, police women marched at the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, commemorating the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

A Case for Gender Mainstreaming in Peacekeeping Missions

May 29, 2018
The evidence shows that the presence of women in peacekeeping operations has a positive effect on its missions. However, despite the United Nations request to its members that it increase contributions from females in every mission, the numbers of those sent to the field remain low. Current operations show little improvement. While the increased presence of women in military units would be a sign... Read more

Honoring Women Peacekeepers

May 22, 2018
Serin Cherian, a female Nurse Officer with the Indian contingent of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), poses outside of UNIFIL’s Headquarters Hospital in Naqoura, South Lebanon.