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Transformative Approach to Gender Mainstreaming in Refugee Camps Needed

June 25, 2018
World Refugee Day has come and gone, but the need for transformative gender mainstreaming within refugee policies remains. Currently, there are 68.5 million[1] people across the globe who have been uprooted from their homes due to conflict or persecution. People’s lives and their social fabrics have been left in tatters and new unfamiliar living environments affect the social roles and... Read more
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No Such Thing as a Perfect Peace: Takeaway Lessons on Women in Governance in Rwanda’s Post-Conflict Process

April 06, 2018
In 1994, the world would have never thought that Rwanda—a country that had erupted overnight into genocide—would later be known as a post-conflict exemplar of gender equality. Yet, this reputation is easily justified. After the genocide, women’s groups in Rwanda reached across ethnic divides, engaging women in peacebuilding and reconciliation. A constitutional gender quota of 30% was set for... Read more
The four pillars of Women, Peace and Security are participation, conflict prevention, protection, and gender mainstreaming

Back to Basics: A Cheat Sheet to the Four Pillars

April 03, 2018
Over the past two weeks, Our Secure Future has been writing about the four pillars of the Women, Peace and Security movement and how they can be implemented. Now, you can put these principles into practice by engaging in our Four Pillars Exercise. If you want to get familiar with the four pillars of Women, Peace and Security, you can read the text of UN Security Council Resolution 1325... Read more
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Back to Basics: The Women, Peace and Security Mandate Has Four Pillars (Part II)

March 30, 2018
It is a fundamental principle of the Women, Peace and Security agenda that human security and state security are intrinsically linked. That is, there cannot be human security without peaceful states, and there cannot be durable peace for states without the safety of their citizens. Last week, Our Secure Future discussed the four pillars of UN Security Council Resolution 1325: Participation,... Read more

Back to Basics: The Women, Peace and Security Mandate Has Four Pillars (Part I)

March 23, 2018
In 1901, when Theodore Roosevelt said, “Speak softly, but carry a big stick,” he meant that diplomacy is important, but the real muscle of diplomacy rests in the threat of using military force. In the 21st century, when the changing nature of warfare requires a focus on preventing violent instability and mass atrocities against civilians—not just managing state-to-state relationships—strategic... Read more