Leadership and Participation, Women's Rights and Empowerment

Liberian police force includes women

Why More Women? The Efficacy of Incorporating Women in Local Police Forces

May 21, 2018
If the protection of women and girls is a pillar of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) movement, then we need female police officers to hold that pillar up. There are two key reasons for this. First, women exhibit stronger skills in de-escalation. Statistically, female officers are less likely to become aggressive during a confrontation or to fire their weapons while on duty. Their presence in... Read more
Where did mothers day come from

What You Didn’t Know about Mother’s Day: The Anti-War Origins of a Hallmark Holiday

May 11, 2018
When we think about Mother’s Day in the United States, our minds immediately go to store-bought flowers, Hallmark cards, and going out for brunch. What many Americans might not know is that Mother’s Day was not intended as a day of affection. For early female anti-war activists, the original "Mother’s Peace Day" came in response to the horrors of the American Civil War and the Franco-... Read more
Nobel Laureates Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Corrigan Maguire

Women Nobel Peace Laureates Organize First-Ever Feminist Summit at G7

May 09, 2018
Setting a groundbreaking precedent, this year’s G7 Summit in Ottawa, Canada was accompanied by the first-ever feminist summit, a side meeting known as the W7. Comprised of Oxfam Canada, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Canada Without Poverty, Nobel Women’s Initiative, the MATCH International Women’s Fund, and Inter Pares, the feminist coalition is... Read more
"I think that women in the peace & security fields have had enough. They are done staying silent. Once this reached a critical mass of voices, it was easier for others to speak out"- Jolynn Shoemaker

Notes From The Field-Experts Weigh In On Women, Peace And Security

April 27, 2018
Our Secure Future sat down to get to know our newest Fellow Jolynn Shoemaker, find out what she is working on, and learn about what frustrates her and gives her hope in the field of Women, Peace and Security. Ms. Shoemaker is an expert on gender equality in international peace and security. She has worked with numerous non-profit organizations engaged in policy research, advocacy, and training... Read more
members of the NGO working group on women, peace and security

The Women of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security

April 18, 2018
In 2014, the United Nations Security Council held an open debate on Women, Peace and Security that focused on the theme of “Displaced Women and Girls: Leaders and Survivors.”  Many members of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security were there to share their opinions, highlighting the importance of civil society participation in Women, Peace and Security initiatives.  The NGO... Read more