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“In Pakistan, things fall out of the sky all the time,” said Pervez Musharraf, the country’s former president. He was talking about the very first drone strikes being initiated in his country by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States, in 2004.
The last year has seen significant global challenges, including an unprecedented level of humanitarian need, rising inequality and exclusion, growing climate change impacts, and increasing threats to our shared security. Nevertheless, the international community has taken important steps in addressing these challenges by implementing the recent bold commitments to foster sustainable peace.
December 31, 2016
WILPF has done a lot of work over the decades to ensure gender diversity in disarmament discussions, including a diversity of participation and perspectives. This work is having more impact than ever these days, with a number of groups taking up the work and more governments recognising its importance.
On September 19th and 20th, world leaders gather at the United Nations (UN) for two major summits on the global refugee and migration crisis – the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants co-chaired by the Governments of Jordan and Ireland and the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees convened by President Obama.
Women still being sidelined in peace-building
Women are not being effectively use to help build peace and security in the world is the message that civil society gender experts are highlighting as they launch the 3rd Annual Report Card on Australia’s National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security.
Australian Civil Military Centre, Executive Director Dr Alan Ryan will officially launch the publication tonight at the Australian National University.
National and international civil society organisations working to advance transparency and accountability in supply chains welcome this 10th Joint Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains. The Forum represents a commitment by governments and companies to engage in more responsible sourcing and trading in line with applicable laws and standards, such as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
WHAT DOES GUN VIOLENCE HAVE TO DO WITH THE WOMEN, PEACE & SECURITY AGENDA?
Six months ago, the Global Study on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) was launched at thefifteenth anniversary of UNSCR 1325.
FIREARMS, FEMICIDES AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
Firearms constitute an important threat to women’s human rights. Indeed, firearm femicides can be strongly correlated with the level of firearms availability. For example, on the frequency of intimate partner homicide-suicide, the rates in countries with wide availability of firearms, such as Switzerland or USA, are higher than in the Netherlands where the possession of firearms is very restricted. A fact even more striking: firearms are used in a third of all femicides worldwide.
Did you know that between the adoption of UNSCR 1325, in October 2000, and June 2015, over 50% of monitored resolutions referenced women, gender or UNSCR 1325.
In an effort to combat this gender bias, WILPF is very pleased to announce the launch of PeaceWomen’s new, expanded and revised mobile application on Women, Peace and Security.
Nous représentons des organisations non gouvernementales et des coalitions engagées dans le désarmement humanitaire, avec comme objectif commun de protéger les civils des effets néfastes de la violence armée. Nous sommes réunis à l’occasion du 20 e anniversaire de la création de la Campagne internationale pour interdire les mines (ICBL), lauréate du Prix Nobel de la paix 1997, pour échanger, pour renforcer notre travail commun, et pour agrandir et unir notre communauté.
Nations Should Step Up ‘Humanitarian Disarmament’
31 Groups Urge More Protection for Civilians From Armed Violence
(New York, October 24, 2012) – Governments should increase efforts to achieve strong disarmament initiatives driven by humanitarian concerns, Human Rights Watch and 30 other nongovernmental organizations said in a communiqué issued today.
Achieving universal gender equality is
an ambitious goal, one that has been articulated in the UN Charter and
many resolutions, conference outcome documents and decisions of governments.
It will require a shift in the way we think about gender roles and in the
relationship between men and women, boys and girls. Legislation needs to
be changed, as well as social attitudes and norms.
The lack of equality between the sexes takes on different shapes and expressions. It is tangible when it comes to how cluster munitions victims have access to emergency medical care, long term rehabilitation and how society treats them after the accident, depending on if they are women or men, girls or boys. Differences between the sexes are noticeable in allocation of resources, working opportunities and access to information about cluster munitions.
The Wellington Conference on Cluster Munitions,
the fourth international meeting of the Oslo Process, took place from 18-22
February 2008. The Oslo Process was initiated in February 2007, when 46
States pledged to negotiate a treaty banning cluster munitions that cause
unacceptable harm to civilians, to be concluded by the end of 2008. As
the final preparatory meeting before formal negotiations on the treaty
begin in Dublin from 19-30 May 2008, the Wellington Conference was a critical
step in the Oslo process.
Victim assistance is frequently referred
to as the cornerstone of a future instrument on cluster munitions. In order
to adequately address the inhumane suffering caused by the use of these
weapons, care for their innocent victims must be the focus of an international
treaty. There is a general understanding among states participating in
the Oslo Process that 'victim' is a multifaceted term, much larger than
the individual, encompassing the victim's family and larger community.