Leadership and Participation, Women's Rights and Empowerment

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Notes from the Field: Experts Weigh in on Women, Peace and Security

July 23, 2018
The Somali Women Solidarity Organization (SWSO) was formed in 2006 as a community-based organization engaged in promoting solidarity and increasing women’s participation in decision-making processes. It is active across Lower Jubba, with headquarters in Kismayo and field offices in Dhobley, Dolow, and Afmadhow districts. SWSO is actively engaged in peacebuilding work and partners with the UN High... 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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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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Flipping the Narrative: What’s Right with Women

June 11, 2018
In March 2018, Insider released a list of the ten worst countries in the world for women. It was not the first time a list had been produced pointing out what is going wrong for women. These lists are morbid and captivating. They instill their readers with a deep sense of injustice—one that they inherently want to do something about. However, what they don’t provide are potential solutions or a... Read more