Peace & Peace-building

From ancient times to the modern era, women have been at the forefront of disarmament, anti-war and anti-violence campaigns. In many countries, from Liberia and Rwanda to Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and Argentina, women’s activism has had a decisive impact on reducing conflict and encouraging reconciliation. Yet, women are usually absent from formal peace negotiations and processes. UNIFEM has reported that in ten major peace processes in the past decade, women represented only 6 percent of negotiators and less than 3 percent of signatories to peace agreements. With the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, however, international recognition and support are growing for women as strategic partners in peacebuilding. Securing the active participation of women and girls increases the sustainability of peace efforts and contributes to long-term post-conflict recovery and reconstruction.

A Long Way to Go: Implementation of the Elimination of Violence against Women Law in Afghanistan

The Government of Afghanistan took a big step forward in support of women’s equality and protection of women’s rights when it enacted the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW law) in August 2009. The landmark legislation criminalizes for the first time in Afghanistan child marriage, forced marriage, forced self-immolation and 19 other acts of violence against women including rape, and specifies punishments for perpetrators. This report from the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) examines implementation of the EVAW law by judicial and law enforcement officials throughout Afghanistan for the period of March 2010 to September 2011, and identifies both positive progress and large gaps.


A Decade Lost: Locating Gender in U.S. Counter-Terrorism. Throughout the United States’ decade-long "War on Terror"

A Decade Lost: Locating Gender in U.S. Counter-Terrorism provides the first global study of how the U.S. government's (USG) counter-terrorism efforts proffoundly implicate and impact women and sexual minorities. Over the last decade of the United States' "War on Terror," the oft-unspoken assumption that men suffer the most—both numerically and in terms of the nature of rights violations endured—has obscured the way women and sexual minorities experience counter-terrorism, rendering their rights violations invisible to policymakers and the human rights community alike.  This failure to consider either the differential impacts of counter-terrorism on women, men, and sexual minorities or the ways in which such measures use and affect gender stereotypes and relations cannot continue.

Some Think New Afghanistan Withdrawal Plans are Still Not Enough

By Juliana Stebbins*

President Obama announced on June 22, 2011 that in response to the United States’ significant progress in achieving projected goals in Afghanistan there will be an accelerated withdrawal of American soldiers who are deployed in the country. By the end of this year 10,000 troops will be welcomed back from Afghanistan and another 20,000 by the end of next summer. The remaining give or take 70,000 soldiers will return at a steady pace until 2014, the anticipated time in which security responsibilities will be transferred from U.S to Afghan authorities. 

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New Media and Political Change in Egypt: Causes, Implications and Communication Strategies


The Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center

New Media and Political Change in Egypt:
Causes, Implications and Communication Strategies

with Sahar Mohamed Khamis
Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Professor of Women's Studies,
University of Maryland


Khamis will discuss the causes behind the Egyptian revolution and its multiple national, regional, and international implications, with a special focus on the role of new media and innovative communication strategies within it.

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: 4th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana - Author Series Event


Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Fellow and Women and Foreign Policy Program Deputy Director,
Council on Foreign Relations

Feminist Dialogue on Militarism and Military Intervention for the 16 Days Campaign

The Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University has released this video of a feminist dialogue on militarism that it hosted as part of its 16 Days Campaign. The video features Yanar Mohammed (OWFI), Diana Duarte (MADRE), Ann Wright (Ret. US Army Colonel, former US diplomat, and peace activist), Cynthia Enloe (Professor at Clark University), and Esther Hyneman (Women for Afghan Women) and many others.


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