Policy and Tools, Women's Rights and Empowerment

WPS In Action: An Interview With Mossarat Qadeem

November 08, 2017
This November, OSF will be participating in the International Civil Society Action Network’s (ICAN) Annual Forum in Rabat, Morocco. As an ICAN partner, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of their recently published interviews, featuring insights and expertise straight from their partners in the field. Recently, ICAN, in conjunction with the Ms. Magazine Blog, has published a... Read more

Gender Equality in Coastal Sub-Saharan Africa

November 06, 2017
By Kelsey Soeth  While conducting research for One Earth Future’s new Stable Seas Maritime Security Index, I was reminded of the critical role that women play in improving rule of law and promoting stability in coastal areas. The Index is an online tool that highlights the strengths and challenges of sub-Saharan African coastal states in terms of maritime security and our findings show that... Read more

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Reflections on CEDAW and Women’s Civil Society in Davao City, Philippines

October 30, 2017
by Kelsey Coolidge In September 2015, I interviewed the Integrated Gender and Development Division in Davao City, Philippines. The division started in 2003 to oversee and implement the city’s Women and Development Code. This code effectively implemented the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at the city level. I met with the director for more than an hour... Read more

Civil Society as an Ally in Countering Violent Extremism

September 30, 2017
One of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) UN Security Council Resolutions that specifically focuses on countering violent extremism is Resolution 2242. The 2015 resolution calls for greater integration by Member States and the UN of their agendas on WPS, counter-terrorism, and countering violent extremism. It urges UN Member States to ensure the participation and leadership of women and women’s... Read more

Using a Gender Perspective to Move from Water Scarcity to Water Security

September 16, 2017
The recent much-more-than-inclement weather has brought discussions on climate change and environmental protections to the forefront. Worldwide, states have been hit by devastating storms—from Hurricane Irma here in the United States, to sweeping mudslides in Freetown, Sierra Leone, which left an estimated 800 dead and 7,000 displaced. As with political and cultural-based conflict, environmental... Read more