Leadership and Participation, Story of Women, Women's Rights and Empowerment

Being inclusive of women’s opinions and ideas exponentially increases the probability of successful security-related initiatives.  Let's hear the story of women.

brave girls documentary review

Brave Girls Film Review

August 28, 2019
Set in Dholka, a conservative town in the western state of Gujarat, India, Brave Girls follows the lives of three young women embarking upon adulthood. Karishma, Apsana, and Samira are joining a new program at Pratham Open School to get a second chance at an education. As is the custom in the area, many girls do not go to school beyond the fifth grade. In interviews with a village leader and some... Read more
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia

Women Wednesday: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

July 17, 2019
“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first democratically elected female President in any African country. She served as President of Liberia from 2006-2018 and shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkoi Karman in 2011. Upon completion of her... Read more
Learning about peace

My First Lesson on Peace

May 31, 2019
Kirthi, India On September 11, 2001, at 6:00 PM, IST, I was getting my hands decorated with henna. It was something I wanted for long – the very idea of designs etched onto your palms with the exuberant smell of the wonder leaf was a coveted dream. School was closed, and I had nothing to do. I pestered my parents to take me to Mrs. A’s house, there were too many people whose favorable... Read more
Womens Movement in Fiji

Finding Our Voices, Communicating our Peace – a Pacific Journey

May 31, 2019
Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, Fiji Timelines It was May 14, 1987 in Suva, Fiji Islands. The indicators of political dissent had been there since the April elections that brought in a new wave of politics, a shift in the political hierarchy. I had missed out on the opportunity to vote and I have to admit I was fairly oblivious to the intricate layers of politics where traditional... Read more
Cameroonian Women Peace and Security

Cameroonian Women, Peace and Security Frontline Advocates

May 31, 2019
Reny, Cameroon Let me take you through my beautiful country, Cameroon where our women have an age-long tradition of advocating for peace and security. Thrusts in West and Central Africa, Cameroon is bound by Equatorial Guinea to the southwest, Gabon to the south, Congo to the southeast, the Central African Republic to the east, Chad to the... Read more