Leadership and Participation, Women's Rights and Empowerment

The Women of V-Day: How local activists effect change in their communities

February 12, 2018
Every day, women around the world are creating positive change in their communities, whether it means battling gender-based violence, fighting climate change, or combatting human trafficking.  These initiatives—and the women that lead them—show us how women are affecting change through their full and meaningful participation in the Women, Peace and Security movement.  V-Day, a global... Read more

“Science is Not a Boy’s Game”: Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 06, 2018
“Science is not a boy's game, it's not a girl's game. It's everyone's game. It's about where we are and where we're going.  Space travel benefits us here on Earth. And we ain't stopped yet. There's more exploration to come."- Nichelle Nichols From radioactivity pioneer Marie Curie, to primatologist Jane Goodall, and African-American NASA mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and... Read more
Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks and the Women Behind the Civil Rights Movement

January 30, 2018
While many remember Rosa Parks as the women who catalyzed desegregation protests by boycotting public transportation with discriminatory ordinances in Montgomery, Alabama, she was not the only woman to refuse to give up her seat.   The women and men who successfully ended segregated bussing show us that peacebuilding and progress come from the grassroots efforts of ordinary civilians... Read more

Women Are The Solution:  Why Women’s Involvement In Governance, Peacekeeping, And Policing Is Critical To Ending Gender-Based Violence

January 11, 2018
At Our Secure Future, we strive to flip the age-old victimization narrative of violence against women on its head to emphasize women’s empowerment and agency.  However, the victimization narrative is far too common and one example of it can be found in a poll released by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2011, naming the top five most dangerous countries in the world for women. Today, many... Read more
Gender Paridy

Gender Parity for a More Peaceful World

January 10, 2018
January 11th is International Parity at Work Day.  This event is particularly significant in 2018 in light of renewed global attention to workspace equality after Iceland became the first country in the world to make it illegal to pay men more than women.  Gender parity is critical not only for women’s rights, but also for international security as the treatment of women is linked to... Read more

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