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 make peace but men negotiate it
A new report from ActionAid, IDS, and Womankind looks at the role of women in local peacebuilding initiatives, finding that women are more likely than men to adopt a broad definition of peace which includes the household level and focuses on the attainment of individual rights and freedoms such as education, healthcare and freedom from violence.
In contrast, men have a greater tendency to associate peace with the absence of formal conflict and the stability of formal structures such as governance and infrastructure.
The international community's failure to follow through in Afghanistan means that despite the removal of the Taliban, women are still marginalised in the political process, and in many areas are subjected to higher levels of violence, forced marriage, trafficking and prostitution. A new report from international women's rights group WOMANKIND Worldwide today calls on the UK Government to lead an international push to implement promises made only a year ago that women would enjoy full rights and participation in the new Afghanistan.
Afghan women at risk if international community leaves job half done