Women, Peace and Security

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Violence at Home, Insecurity Here, Uncertainty Ahead

The violent persecution of the Rohingya, which has displaced almost a million people from Myanmar to Bangladesh in recent months, represents one of …

Doctors Without Borders

Justice is delivered for the children of Kavumu

In an extraordinary and landmark ruling, 11 Congolese militia members were convicted today of crimes against humanity for murder and the rape of 38 …

Human Rights

21 Rohingya women recount rape by Myanmar armed forces

UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) — The use of rape by Myanmar's armed forces has been sweeping and methodical, The Associated Press found in interviews with 29 Rohingya Muslim women and girls now in Bangladesh.<p>They were interviewed separately, come from a variety of villages in Myanmar and now live spread …

Why Does the U.S. Rank 22nd Globally on Women’s Wellbeing?

The U.S. ranks 22nd out of 153 countries in terms of women’s wellbeing, according to a new global index prepared by Georgetown University’s Institute …

Gender

Remembering women killed fighting for human rights in 2017

To mark International Women Human Rights Defenders’ Day, we pay tribute to some of the women killed this year because of their activism<p>More than half of the women cited in AWID’s 2017 tribute to female activists were murdered for defending their rights. Among the women killed are those who fought …

Latin America

'We, Too, Are Survivors.' 223 Women in National Security Sign Open Letter on Sexual Harassment

More than 200 women who work on national security for the U.S. signed an open letter saying that they have survived sexual harassment and assault or …

Gender

U.N. plan strengthens women's role in climate action

<b>* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.</b><p>Climate policies must not be gender-blind, as …

Sweden’s Proponent of ‘Feminist Foreign Policy,’ Shaped by Abuse

STOCKHOLM — More than three decades ago, in a town in Sweden, a man grabbed his girlfriend by the hair and threw her against a wardrobe door with such force that a clump of hair came off in his hand.<p>She was in her early 20s, a rising activist in the Social Democratic Party. Later, when she broke …

Sweden

Federal law enforcement has a woman problem

Police agencies are the most male-dominated part of the federal government — and that undermines their mission.<p>Despite expanding rapidly over the past two decades, federal law enforcement agencies remain almost as male-dominated as they were during the Clinton administration, according to a new …

Immigration

Sexism on America’s Front Lines

Six top national security pros sound off about an adversary closer to home: piggish men.<p><i>Subscribe to The Global POLITICO on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here.</i><p>Laura Rosenberger remembers telling a senior State Department official that she was going on a beach vacation. He responded …

Foreign Policy

A New Index Rates the Well-Being of Women in 153 Nations and US Ranks 22d

<i>A new index from Georgetown University measures the well-being of women in 153 nations based on internationally recognized data. Here, a</i> …

Boko Haram strapped suicide bombs to them. Somehow these teenage girls survived.

The New York Times interviewed 18 girls who were captured by militants in Nigeria and sent into crowds to blow themselves up. Here are their stories.

Nigeria

New US law gives women a crucial role to play in mitigating conflicts

Conflicts rage across the world from Afghanistan to Ukraine to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, exacting devastating human tolls of death, …

Shelley Moore Capito

Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Launches Liberia-2017 Women Situation Room

Monrovia — President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has launched the Women Situation Room (WSR) in Liberia with thanks and appreciation to all Liberians …

Disease

Kashmir 'mass rape' survivors fight for justice

<b>More than 26 years ago, Indian soldiers allegedly raped more than 30 women in the Kashmiri villages of Kunan and Poshpora. Those who survived the attack are still fighting for justice, as Aliya Nazki from BBC Urdu reports.</b><p>It was 23 February 1991. The people of Kunan, a tiny village in Indian …

Pakistan

Liberia’s Women Warn Male Presidential Candidates: Keep the Peace

MONROVIA, Liberia — On the eve of a presidential election that will almost certainly return male rule to Liberia after 12 years, women delivered a warning.<p>By the hundreds they came on Monday, streaming through the mud and gathering on a grassy field in the Airfield Junction neighborhood, across the …

George Weah

Rape is an instrument of war in Central African Republic conflict, finds study

Survivor testimony points to widespread use of sexual slavery and violence by warring factions, with women affected unable to access healthcare or support<p>Rape and sexual slavery have been used as weapons of war across Central Africa Republic, with armed groups carrying out brutal attacks with …

Africa

Attacks on Tunisia’s transitional justice process threaten women’s advancement

Protesters raise slogans in the march called by the Maniche Msamah campaign (I will not forgive) on Habib Bourguiba Street in Tunis September 16, …

Creative Commons

Pope Francis appeals for reconciliation in war-scarred Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia — Pope Francis on Thursday pressed a message of reconciliation as he began a five-day trip through Colombia, a country scarred by more than 50 years of internecine conflict and struggling to implement a fresh accord with Marxist rebels.<p>In his Chevrolet popemobile Thursday …

Latin America

Lucia Topolansky is Uruguay's first female vice president

<b>Lucia Topolansky, senator and wife of ex-President Jose Mujica, has become Uruguay's first female vice-president.</b><p>Ms Topolansky took over after the resignation of Jose Sendic amid corruption allegations.<p>A former left-wing guerrilla like her husband, she escaped prison, spent 13 years in jail, and …

Latin America

How cooperatives help ensure Indonesian women don't get left behind

July 1 is the International Day of the Cooperative, recognized by the United Nations. This year’s theme is inclusion.<p>Women working in Indonesia’s …

Cooperatives

Women and Girls at Risk in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development …

Rohingya

Taking Women, Peace and Security to the Next Level in Africa - IDN-InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters

By UN Women<p>UNITED NATIONS (IDN-INPS) - African advocates, pioneers, and thought leaders of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, together with the …

Africa

Anger in Singapore as first female president is elected without a vote

Halimah Yacob did not have to face an election after authorities decided her rivals did not meet strict eligibility criteria<p>An establishment stalwart has been named Singapore’s first female president but the milestone was overshadowed by criticism that her selection was undemocratic after she was …

Donald Trump

A Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s Shame

Aung San Suu Kyi, a beloved Nobel Peace Prize winner, is presiding over an ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Yanghee Lee: Aung San Suu Kyi ‘needs to show leadership’ over Rohingyas

Yanghee Lee, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar, reacts to the reports coming out of the country.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Beware the Women of ISIS: There Are Many, and They May Be More Dangerous Than the Men

This report from the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism raises frightening questions about women returning from the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

As the caliphate crumbles, Taliban steals ISIS' tactics to target women

<b>(CNN) —</b> A glossy women's magazine has hit virtual newsstands, its front cover splashed with the image of a woman, veiled from head to toe, walking off into a yellow-hued desert.<p>But, unlike other fashion or beauty publications, this one has a niche audience in mind: would-be female jihadists.<p>The …

Islamic State (ISIS)

These women want to fix cybersecurity’s massive gender gap

After years of uncomfortable interactions at the world's largest hacker gathering, these women are making their own opportunities.<p>Last year, Leigh Honeywell got a stark reminder of why she stopped going to the Defcon hacker convention.<p>The security expert, whose background at companies like …

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