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30 Jun 2010 description

Stopping the use of sexual violence as a tactic of war is a step closer to reality with the launch of a new tool, Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence - An Analytical Inventory of Peacekeeping Practice.

11 Jun 2010 description

United Nations "Global Open Day for Women and Peace" kicks off 10th anniversary commemorations of UN Security Council resolution 1325

United Nations, New York - Starting this week, the UN-organized Global Open Day for Women and Peace sees senior-most UN officials in post-conflict countries meet with women peace advocates to discuss how to increase women's participation in sustainable conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

24 Jun 2009 description

United Nations, New York - "If sexual violence is not fully addressed in ceasefires and peace processes, there will be no peace for women," said former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland at a United Nations high-level meeting on peace negotiations that convened this week in New York.

Egeland, along with eminent mediators, experts and women's rights advocates, came together from 22-24 June to address, for the first time, one of the most neglected aspects of conflict resolution: how to address conflict-related sexual violence in peace …

07 Mar 2009 description

Inés Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM

Occasion: International Colloquium on Women's Empowerment, Leadership, Security, Monrovia, Liberia, 7 March 2009

Madame President,

Distinguished guests

I am honored to be here today, together with so many champions of women's rights in conflict. I know you will all have good ideas about how to accelerate the implementation of Security Council resolutions 1325 and 1820. My remarks today will therefore be brief. Specifically:

We need greater accountability for implementing resolutions 1325 and 1820.

21 Aug 2008 description

Harare - After three years of negotiation, leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), signed into effect the Protocol on Gender and Development amidst celebration from activists. The document was signed at the SADC Heads of State Summit held on 16 and 17 August in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Protocol, a more binding agreement than the SADC Declaration on Gender and Development, which was signed in 1997, has gone through a drafting and approval process that has seen civil society organisations and governments struggling to reach agreement on the critical issues …

18 Jun 2008 description

Goma - 'Rape as a weapon of war has become a defining characteristic of the armed conflicts in the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of Congo in particular,' said Ambassador Liberata Mulamula at the opening of a high level consultation on Eradicating Sexual Violence and Ending Impunity in the Great Lakes region in Goma, DRC.

01 Apr 2008 description

Kigali - Participants of a high-level conference organized by UNIFEM and the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) have issued a declaration calling for programmed increases of the proportion of women in recruitment and training for peacekeeping operations, proactive gender training programmes for peacekeepers and their organizations, integration of mission-specific gender training in pre-deployment programmes, reaffirmation and strengthening of the Zero Tolerance Policy for Acts of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, and information sharing among peacekeeping contingents and troops to promote best …

10 Mar 2008 description

The Icelandic National Committee for UNIFEM handed over US$1.4 million to Ms. Joanne Sandler, UNIFEM's Executive Director a.i., on International Women's Day, 8 March 2008, after a weeklong campaign to raise funds for the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, which is managed by UNIFEM. 'This is one of the most creative fundraising initiatives I have witnessed,' said Ms.

12 Feb 2008 description

Hundreds add their names at Cinema for Peace gala

US$100,000 raised for UN Trust Fund

United Nations, Berlin/New York - Internationally acclaimed artists, social activists, and politicians, including Catherine Deneuve, Hillary Swank, Christopher Lee, Sir Bob Geldof and German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, have added their names to the UNIFEM-led Say NO to Violence against Women campaign (www.saynotoviolence.org). 'Can you imagine that up to one in three women will be a victim …

31 Jul 2006 description

Kinshasa - Women's massive turnout on Sunday, 30 July 2006, to exercise their civic rights in the first-ever direct, nation-wide elections in 40 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will go a long way to contribute positively to the setting up of new democratic institutions in the country. Four women candidates stood for the presidential race, while 1,311 stood for the legislative elections to fill 500 parliamentary seats.

20 Jan 2006 description

3 out of 5 voters women

Kinshasa - The people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) voted a resounding "yes" at their Constitutional Referendum held in December 2005. The referendum was the first time in decades that Congolese went to the polls to decide on their country's future.

The results of the referendum, announced by the President of the Independent Electoral Commission in January this year, showed that women had turned out in significant numbers to cast their votes.

25 Nov 2005 description

Campaign urges equal access of women and men to electoral mandates and electoral offices

Kinshasa - A two-week advocacy campaign to promote equal access of women and men to electoral mandates and electoral offices concluded last week in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The campaign was organized two months before an upcoming parliamentary debate on a draft electoral law that will guide the holding of elections and a national referendum on the Constitution. It targeted government officials, leaders of political parties, private and public institutions and …

15 Nov 2004 description

United Nations Trust Fund Grants Awarded to 17 Initiatives From 20 Countries

United Nations, New York - The United Nations Trust Fund to Eliminate Violence Against Women will grant US$900,000 to 17 groups in developing countries, who are addressing gender-based violence in conflict and post-conflict situations.

Through Trust Fund grants:

  • Community leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be trained to address the communal impact of violence against women;

22 Sep 2004 description

The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2004
Uppsala, Sweden, 22 September 2004

05 Mar 2002 description

United Nations, March 5 - The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) today encouraged all parties in the Inter-Congolese Dialogue to move forward with peace talks in Sun City, South Africa. UNIFEM urged the parties to include women's human rights and security issues in substantive discussions and to ensure women's full participation in peace negotiations.

05 Sep 2001 description

WHAT: Three Independent Experts will begin a field visit to Somalia, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to assess the impact of armed conflict on women and women's role in peace building today. They will be consulting with women to understand and articulate their experiences during and after conflict. This is the second of six field visits to countries affected by conflict in Africa, the CEE/CIS, Asia, and Latin America to be completed by January 30, 2002. The first visit was to East Timor and Cambodia last July.