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Space to heal in an unequal society

Johannesburg, 21 July 2014 – Thousands of refugee women risk their lives to escape places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where their bodies have been sexually violated as a tool of war. They travel thousands of miles to reach places like Johannesburg, hoping to find protection and a new start.

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Rights Advocates: Kidnapping, Rape of Women and Girls Too Common

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Voice of America

Kim Lewis Last updated on: July 16, 2014 9:20 AM

The abduction of more than 200 young girls from a school in northern Nigeria by the militant group Boko Haram has been big news in recent months. But human rights advocates respond that this type of violence against women and young girls is nothing new.

In fact, kidnapping is one of the many forms of violence regularly practiced against women and young girls in developing countries. Other abuses include rape, sex trafficking, child marriages and child prostitution.

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World + 4 others
KOFF Newsletter No. 129, July 2014: Central America - a Narrow Path to Peace

Acts of violence against human rights activists in Guatemala, journalists murdered in Honduras, drug trafficking and armed gangs in El Salvador, and impunity and corruption at every level of society: Central America – the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) in particular – faces enormous problems. Although the wars ended more than a decade ago, positive peace still remains out of reach.

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Looking beneath the headlines: The practical challenges of combatting sexual violence in conflict

International Alert hosted a panel discussion at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict (ESVC) in London on 11 June.

The summit brought together survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, experts, NGOs and government delegations from over 100 countries, and was co-chaired by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie.

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Statement by the Executive Director to the Executive Board

At the Annual Session of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board 2014

Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Executive Board, Colleagues and friends, Ladies and Gentlemen,

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Omission of gender: Sri Lanka’s “Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission”

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Peace Direct

Harshadeva Amarathungar discusses the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and its inadequacies in considering gender issues in the post-conflict Sri Lanka.

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Deadly Attacks in Central African Republic Test International Efforts to Restore Calm, Special Representative Tells Security Council

The Head of UN Women spotlighted the plight of women and girls falling prey to "terrifying" violations - perpetrated by armed groups - from rape to sexual slavery and forced marriage.

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“Raping women as punishment”

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CARE

Blog by Aimee Ansari, CARE’s Country Director in South Sudan

June 16, 2014

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What difference could a mobile app make in ending wartime rape?

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AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:24 GMT

Author: Katie Nguyen

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Lost records, insufficient evidence, poor roads that cut off access to remote areas where crimes are taking place, long delays in the judicial process.

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Stigma remains in place as sexualized violence increases in CAR

By Megan Riesz/Guest Blogger — June 10, 2014

The Central African Republic may have a new leader for now—Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza was sworn in in January—but there are still old problems that exist when it comes to the country’s long history of sexualized violence.

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UN Egypt calls for firm stand on violence against women

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UN Women

The United Nations in Egypt commends the new anti-sexual harassment law and calls on the Egyptian authorities to ensure its enforcement for the protection of women and girls

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UK pledges more support for victims of sexual violence in war

Foreign Secretary William Hague announces new funding to help expand work to help victims of sexual violence at the Global Summit.

Britain will provide new assistance to help victims of sexual violence in developing countries rebuild their lives through a new commitment from the Department for International Development.

Announced by the Foreign Secretary at the opening of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, the new funding will help the UN and International Organisation of Migration to expand their work to help survivors.

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Unprecedented momentum to end sexual violence in conflict

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AlertNet

Source: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:20 GMT

Author: Zainab Bangura

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

As you read this article, sexual violence in conflict is taking place in countries around the world: in Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Afghanistan and dozens of others. It is happening in towns and villages, in detention centres, in refugee camps and camps for internally displaced persons and it affects thousands of people every day.

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Gender and peacebuilding

In recent years the role of gender in armed conflict and peacebuilding has increasingly caught international attention. In 2000, the UN Security Council adopted UNSCR 1325, recognising the distinct experiences and roles of women in peace and security.

This position paper explores gender in relation to peacebuilding and conflict prevention, and the work that we do to make peace processes more inclusive.

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African Union launches five-year Gender Peace and Security Programme 2015-2020

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African Union

Addis Ababa, 2 June 2014: A major five-year Gender, Peace and Security Programme has been launched today at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa by the AU Commission. The Programme is designed to serve as a framework for the development of effective strategies and mechanisms for women’s increased participation in the promotion of peace and security. It is also designed to enhance protection of women in conflict and post-conflict situations in Africa.

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UNICEF Executive Board puts spotlight on Africa’s children

By Kristin Taylor

The Executive Board reviews UNICEF activities and approves its policies, country programmes and budgets. It comprises 36 members, representing the five regional groups of Member States at the United Nations. The Executive Board meets three times a year at United Nations Headquarters in New York – in a first regular session (January/February), annual session (May/June) and second regular session (September).

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The Journey This Far: RLP Gender & Sexuality Programme Issue #1, May 2014

This publication highlights the progress of the Gender and Sexuality Programme of the Refugee Law Project for the last 6 months (September 2013 – April 2014). It brings to front key issues that the Refugee Law Project has been working on regarding Gender and Sexuality in forced migration, analyses how the objectives of the Gender and Sexuality Programme have been implemented, and highlights key achievements.

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KOFF Newsletter No. 128, 2 June 2014: Social Movements and Peacebuilding

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  • What Can We Learn from Peace Movements?

KOFF - SWISSPEACE

  • Social Movements from a Gender Perspective
  • Annual Meeting of KOFF Member Organisations
  • swisspeace and HEKS: Integrated Strategies in Bangladesh
  • Business, Conflict & Peace Course

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Visualizing Inequality: The Need for a Gender Data Layer

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AidData

Geographic information systems (GIS) are used in international development to layer information on who is funding what and where with data on development indicators such as poverty levels, presence of conflict, or population density. GIS is an extremely powerful tool that can be used in many disciplines to capture, analyze, and display geographically referenced information. Gender studies researchers are beginning to see the value of geospatial data, but what if we created a gender-specific data layer for wider use?

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Somali government and partners launch action plan for ending sexual violence in conflict

Mogadishu, 27 May 2014 – “Rape and sexual violence is not acceptable in Somalia’’ was the loud and clear message coming out of a workshop held today in Mogadishu. With the background of traditional songs and dances and in the presence of civil society, the Federal Government of Somalia with support from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) launched a draft action plan on how best to address sexual violence in conflict.