Leadership and Participation, Women's Rights and Empowerment

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
Strong Women 2018

2018 Resolutions for Women, Peace and Security

January 02, 2018
On January 1st, we published our New Year’s Resolutions in Women, Peace and Security.  Not everyone has the same Olympic-level goals, but there are many resolutions you can also make to further the WPS agenda this year, both large and small.  Here are some suggestions: Amplify the voices of the women around you. Make your work space a better place for women. Share stories of women... Read more

Human Solidarity Day

December 18, 2017
Photos clockwise from top left: Women in Uruguay participate in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence; UN Women/Sahand Minae; Girls at 16 Days of Activism in Bangladesh; UN Women/Saikat MajumdarYoo Soon-taek, the wife of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, leading a “UN Women for Peace” March on International Women’s Day; United Nations Photo; Women dance on International Women’s Day... Read more
women peace and security act united states

Women, Peace and Security: There's an Act for That! (Part III)

December 15, 2017
In October 2017, the US Congress and the President officially passed the Women, Peace, and Security Act. The law is a major milestone in recognizing the link between gender equality and the security of states. Now that we have a law that mandates women’s meaningful participation in international peace and security, questions arise about where it came from, what it requires, and why it matters.... Read more