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17 Aug 2015 description

Posted by Kelly Case

This article originally appeared in The Weekly Wonk.

When warring parties agree to consider terms for peace, it’s usually a cause for optimism. But as South Sudan’s belligerents mull over a proposed compromise agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hope seems futile. The mediators have set August 17 as an urgent deadline for ending the conflict. However, the unfortunate truth is that without participation and buy-in from the South Sudanese people, peace stands no chance.

28 Feb 2013 description

A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform seeks to encourage and empower women to take part in shaping and transforming the security sector in their communities and countries. Even if they have not formally studied security, women often have essential knowledge of community security needs, and have an important contribution to make to security sector reform (SSR).

28 Feb 2013 description

Le Guide pour les femmes sur la réforme du secteur de la sécurité cherche à encourager et renforcer la capacité des femmes à participer à l'élaboration et à la transformation du secteur de la sécurité dans leurs communautés et pays. Même si elles n’ont pas formellement étudié la sécurité, les femmes ont souvent une connaissance essentielle des besoins de sécurité de la communauté, et ont un rôle important à jouer dans la mise en œuvre des processus de la réforme du secteur de la sécurité.

30 Nov 2010 description

by Tobie Whitman

International and national actors struggle to adequately protect civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Joint Protection Teams (JPTs), currently used by the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), offer an encouraging model for increasing protection by peacekeepers.

While JPTs shouldn't be viewed as a single, comprehensive solution for achieving protection, refining the approach could further:

1. Facilitate engagement with local women to combat sexual violence;

2.